Charles Dickens

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On my radar: Lauren Laverne’s cultural highlights
The TV and radio presenter on a surprising history of menswear design at the V&A, classic Billy Connolly routines and her favourite London venue

Lauren Laverne

18, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Bleak Expectations review – Radio 4’s Dickens parody bursts on to the stage
This fast-paced comedy mashup of the great Victorian novelist sends up Britishness with oodles of silliness

Arifa Akbar

05, Jun, 2022 @11:50 AM

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Top 10 novels about inheritance
From Dickens and Du Maurier to Henry James and Shirley Jackson, where there’s a will, there are generally the makings of a great story …

Cressida Connolly

25, May, 2022 @4:56 PM

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Dodger: the Oliver Twist prequel that’s scary, starry and totally irresistible TV
This Dickens spin-off claps along like The Goonies and is so ace it’s been promoted from CBBC to BBC One. No wonder Christopher Eccleston and Julian Barratt were lining up to star

Stuart Heritage

05, Apr, 2022 @3:29 PM

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How Dickens’ Pickwick comic serial brought his fans together
Museum exhibit reveals the huge effect the The Pickwick Papers had on readers

Vanessa Thorpe

13, Mar, 2022 @6:45 AM

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Madeline Miller: ‘Reading Ayn Rand was like being dipped in slime’
The author of The Song of Achilles on discovering TS Eliot, her childhood love of James Herriot and the subversive genius of Chinua Achebe

Madeline Miller

11, Mar, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Digested week: Greater expectations for BBC drama, but not Nigel Farage
The GB News man had a hot take for us, while adaptations of the same old Dickens leave me cold

John Crace

25, Feb, 2022 @1:31 PM

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Lost Dog: A Tale of Two Cities review – the best of times
Ben Duke directs a triumphant theatre-dance interpretation of the Dickens classic that offsets complexity with out-loud laughs

Lyndsey Winship

24, Feb, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Forget Wordle! Can you crack the Dickens Code? An IT worker from California just did
The writer’s archaic shorthand has baffled experts for over a century. So they launched a deciphering competition for fans – with stunning results that cast new light on his love life and financial peril

Simon Usborne

07, Feb, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Oliver Twist given new spin in BBC prequel to Charles Dickens novel
Exclusive: Spin-off based on Artful Dodger and crime-lord Fagin brings food poverty to fore

Tara Conlan

02, Feb, 2022 @3:01 PM

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Rare photo of Charles Dickens sporting ‘glorious’ moustache goes on show
Daguerreotype profile shows an unfamiliar face to modern readers but delighted the author, who found the whiskers ‘charming, charming’

Alison Flood

21, Jan, 2022 @3:48 PM

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A Christmas Carol is not cosy, and its angry message should still haunt us
Dickens’s novella has become a festive staple but it was intended as a polemic about the treatment of the poor

Robyn Vinter

28, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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