BBC orders Dickens boxset adaptation by Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight

BBC orders Dickens boxset adaptation by Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight

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Writer Steven Knight will re-create some of Dickens classic novels (credit: BBC)

A series of Charles Dickens famous novels has been commissioned by BBC One and will be adapted by the writer of Peaky Blinders and Taboo.

Scott Free London and Hardy Son and Baker, who were behind the RTS award-winning Taboo, will produce the series as Knight re-imagines some of Dickens most iconic novels.

Knight said, “To have the chance to revisit the text and interpret in a new way is the greatest privilege”.

A Christmas Carol will be the first adaptation in the series, which is set to debut as a three part drama next Christmas, with the rest to follow over the next couple of years.

Executive Producer Tom Hardy said, “A Christmas Carol is a fabulous magical piece of theatre and an embarrassment of riches for our creative team, from character all the way through to design”.


Scott Free London and Hardy, Son and Baker won 3 awards for Taboo at the RTS Craft & Design awards, including sound, make-up design and costume design 

Ridley Scott, who will also also serve as an executive producer, commented, “It’s terrific to be continuing the creative partnership of Scott Free London with Tom and Steve that started with Taboo and continues with this exciting and ambitious anthology of British classics.

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