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Dickens on DVD

Barnaby Rudge
Barnaby Rudge (DVD - 2009 ) DVD TV B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:1960 BBC adaptation of Dickens's historical novel, set during the ant-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780. Thirteen 30-minute episodes.

Bleak House
Bleak House (DVD - 2006 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Andrew Davies's 2005 adaptation for the BBC. Gillian Anderson plays the doomed Lady Deadlock and Charles Dance the pitiless Mr. Tulkinghorn. With Anna Maxwell Martin as Esther Summerson. 510 min.

Bleak House
Bleak House (DVD - 2005? ) DVD 791.4572 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:1985 BBC production starring Diana Rigg as Lady Deadlock and Denholm Elliot as John Jarndyce. 419 min.

Annotation:This blog post offers some background on Dickens "A Christmas Carol" and an annotated list of popular film adaptations.

David Copperfield
David Copperfield (DVD - 2002 ) DVD TV D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Daniel Radcliffe plays young David in this lovely 1999 BBC adaptation of Dicken's most autobiographical novel. With Maggie Smith as Aunt Betsy and Bob Hoskins as Mr. Micawber. 190 min.

David Copperfield
David Copperfield (DVD - 2006 ) DVD MOVIE D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:George Cukor's 1935 film version features Basil Rathbone as David's cruel stepfather, Mr. Murdstone and W.C. Fields as Mr. Micawber. 130 min.

Dombey and Son
Dombey and Son (DVD - 2006 ) DVD MOVIE D All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Julian Glover plays callous businessman Paul Dombey who is interested only in having a son to carry on his business. Lysette Anthony plays his neglected daughter Flora in this 1983 BBC production. 295 minutes.

Great Expectations
Great Expectations (DVD - 2012 ) DVD MOVIE G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Gillian Anderson plays Miss Havisham, Douglas Booth plays Pip and Ray Winstone is Magwitch in this lush 2011 BBC production. 180 min.

Great Expectations
Great Expectations (DVD - 2004 ) DVD 791.4572 G and more… All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Charlotte Rampling is Miss Havisham and Ioan Gruffudd plays Pip in this 1999 BBC adaptation. 180 min.

Great Expectations
Great Expectations (DVD - 2009 ) DVD MOVIE G All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4

Annotation:In Alfonso Cuarón's 1998 film, Dickens's story is transferred to modern day New York. With Ethan Hawke as Pip (Finnegan Bell), Gwyneth Paltrow as Estella and Anne Bancroft as Ms. Dinsmoor (aka Miss Havisham).

Great Expectations
Great Expectations (DVD - 2009 ) DVD TV G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Joan Hickson plays Miss Havisham in this 1981 BBC adaptation. 351 min.

Hard Times
Hard Times (DVD - 2009 ) DVD MOVIE H Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Thomas Gradgrind, mill owner in fictional Coketown, imposes a strictly utilitarian education on his children with painful consequences. 1994 BBC production. 100 min.

Hard Times
Hard Times (DVD - 2007 ) DVD MOVIE H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:1977 Granada Television adaptation featuring Timothy West as Josiah Bounderby. 203 min.

Little Dorrit
Little Dorrit (DVD - 2009 ) DVD TV L and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1

Annotation:Acclaimed 2009 BBC production adapted by Andrew Davies follows young Amy Dorrit, the child of the Marshalsea, from the gates of the debtors prison to the canals of Venice and back. 452 min.

Martin Chuzzlewit
Martin Chuzzlewit (DVD - 2009 ) DVD TV M All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Scheming relatives, an inheritance, emigration, and a Ponzi scheme all figure in this 1994 BBC production, adapted by author David Lodge and featuring a wonderful performance by Paul Scofield as old Martin Chuzzlewit & Anthony Chuzzlewit. 344 min.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (DVD - 2012 ) DVD MOVIE M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Love, obsession, murder, madness, addiction, parentage, are some of the themes in this fast paced 2012 BBC adaptation of Dickens's unfinished novel. 120 min.

Nicholas Nickleby
Nicholas Nickleby (DVD - 2003 ) DVD MOVIE N All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:2002 film version of Nicholas Nickleby's adventures starring Charlie Hunnam as the hero and Christopher Plummer as mean Uncle Ralph Nickleby.

The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (DVD - 2001 ) DVD 792.9 L All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:James D'Arcy plays Nicholas and Charles Dance is Uncle Ralph in this 2000 BBC production. 200 min.

Nicholas Nickleby
Nicholas Nickleby (DVD - 2006 ) DVD 791.4572 N All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2

Annotation:Nigel Havers stars as Nicholas in this lively 1977 BBC adaptation. 325 min.

The Old Curiosity Shop
The Old Curiosity Shop (DVD - 2009 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Sophie Vavasour plays Little Nell and Derek Jacobi her grandfather in this 2007 BBC production. 100 min.

The Old Curiosity Shop
The Old Curiosity Shop (DVD - 2006 ) DVD TV O and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:1979 BBC adaptation follows Little Nell and her grandfather as they are relentlessly pursued by the evil Quilp. 265 min.

Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist (DVD - 2005 ) DVD MOVIE O All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4

Annotation:Roman Polanski's 2005 film concentrates on the grim reality of Oliver's life, leaving out some of the plot twists and coincidences that may be difficult for a modern viewer to embrace.

Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist (DVD - 2009 ) DVD MOVIE O and more… All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This lavish 2007 BBC production features Timothy Spall as Fagin. 176 min.

Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist (DVD - 2004 ) J DVD MOVIE O All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This well-received and unconventional adaptation, shown on Masterpiece Theater in 2000, presents the complete backstory to Oliver's birth int eh early episodes. 360 min.

Oliver!
Oliver! (DVD - 2005 ) DVD MOVIE O and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 2

Annotation:This film version of the popular musical won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1968.

Our Mutual Friend
Our Mutual Friend (DVD - 2009 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Dickens's last completed novel is beautifully adapted by Sandy Welch in this 1998 BBC production. Enjoy a rich tale of love, obsession, self-sacrifice and selfishness, death and rebirth with a critique of Victorian societal conventions in the bargain. 351 min.

The Pickwick Papers
The Pickwick Papers (DVD - 2006 ) DVD MOVIE P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Phil Daniels plays the comic Cockney Sam Weller, one of many colorful characters in this 1985 BBC adaptation of Dickens's first novel. 350 min.

A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities (DVD - 2004 ) DVD MOVIE T All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:1989 Granada Television production featuring James Wilby as Sydney Carton and Serena Gordon as Lucie Manette in Dickens's tale of the French Revolution. 197 min.

A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities (DVD - 2006 ) DVD MOVIE T All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2

Annotation:1935 MGM film featuring Ronald Coleman as the self-sacrificing Sydney Carton.

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The Artful Dodger, Wilkins Micawber, Poor Jo, Uriah Heep, Miss Havisham, Sam Weller, Madame Defarge... Charles Dickens created scores of memorable characters who have also been portrayed frequently on the screen. There's nothing like reading the book, of course, but these film and television adaptations of Dickens's novels are great fun, too! And they may inspire you to return to the source. What about Ebenezer Scrooge? We have not included any film versions of "A Christmas Carol" on this list because there simply wasn't enough room. See the link to the Mixed Bag: Story Time for Grown-ups blog post for many popular film adaptations of the story available at NYPL. List updated on December 11, 2012.


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