Arena: Dickens on Film

A panel of guests discuss Charles Dickens' enormous contribution to film and television history, following a preview of the BBC Arena production Dickens on Film at BFI Southbank.

Arena Series Editor Anthony Wall reflects on the fact that Dickens screen adaptations tend to remain faithful to the original texts, and suggests that his work endures because the era he lived in essentially defined Britain's cultural identity. Producer Adrian Wootton discusses his involvement in the Dickens 200th Anniversary 2012 celebrations, while writer Michael Eaton expresses hope that in this bicentenary year people will be inspired to return to the original stories. Actor Kenneth Cranham reveals that throughout his life he has encountered people who were terrified by his performance as Noah Claypole in Carol Reed's Oliver!


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