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PBS Masterpiece to Broadcast Dickens Special Including Radcliffe's "David Copperfield," Spall's Oliver Twist

Posted by: sue
February 12, 2009, 08:36 PM

PBS Masterpiece is broadcasting a series of films based on the classic works of Charles Dickens. This weekend, viewers here in the US will be able to view acclaimed actor Timothy Spall in Oliver Twist. This film, which was broadcast last year in the UK, features Mr. Spall (Peter Pettigrew) as Fagin, and you can watch a new video interview with the actor via this link, as well as view several clips from the film.

Also for those who have not yet seen actor Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in his first film role, PBS will be broadcasting David Copperfield next month. The film, first made in 2000,  also stars Dame Maggie Smith, who of course will later appear with Dan in the Harry Potter series in her ongoing role as Professor McGonagall. You can see a trailer for this film at this link. Finally, in May, PBS will air The Old Curiousity Shop, which features Toby Jones, who provides the voice of Dobby the House Elf.

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2105 Points

I love Dickens, but I’ve never seen these films – hooray for PBS!

Posted by Agrippa1 on February 13, 2009, 11:15 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

I enjoy watching PBS’s Masterpiece series, and the fact that it is going to include this only makes it even more attractive.

Posted by Kirk on February 13, 2009, 11:31 AM report to moderator
6352 Points

I love MT too. I was introduced to Helen Mirren on MT in the “Prime Suspect” series. Some of the best TV drama I’ve ever seen. Jane Tennison became one of my fictional heroes.

MT broadcast “My Boy Jack” last year. A very sad story. Dan was very good. Looking forward to “David Copperfield”.

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on February 13, 2009, 12:56 PM report to moderator
1630 Points

I’ve looked everywhere to see this film and yet again i’m going to miss it :( BOO! I’ll see it before i die i swear :D xxx

Posted by ChantyBabez on February 13, 2009, 01:16 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

Hopefully I will have time to watch them!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on February 13, 2009, 01:32 PM report to moderator
4366 Points

Yay! I loved watching David Copperfield. It’s a very good series _

Posted by Sophie on February 13, 2009, 11:34 PM report to moderator
6921 Points

Cool! I want to see these.

Posted by badger666 on February 14, 2009, 01:23 AM report to moderator

I have all three on dvd. They’re those great dramas that you always want to watch again. David Copperfield and Oliver Twist are both quality BBC series. Oliver Twist is quite recent, made two years ago. The Old Curiosity Shop was a one part feature originally shown on UK TV on Boxing Day two years ago. I found it very dark, too dark to cope with at Christmas, but I love Derek Jacobi so I have kept it to watch another time when in the mood.

Posted by anne1 on February 14, 2009, 11:04 AM report to moderator
139 Points

I’m so glad PBS is airing David Copperfield again. I watched it when it was on BBCA once and never got to see the second part. lol

Posted by halcyon /roar/ on February 14, 2009, 12:26 PM report to moderator
622 Points

Little Dan is the most adorable kid! I’ve never gotten around to watching David Copperfield but I will now. Squeee!

Posted by The Hufflepuff Giraffe on February 14, 2009, 01:54 PM report to moderator
44049 Points

It’ll be weird to see him not as HP

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on February 14, 2009, 05:06 PM report to moderator
209 Points

Ooh, yes! Love Dickens!

Posted by Aga Veneficus on February 14, 2009, 08:32 PM report to moderator
188 Points

Aww, such a little cutie! And how I love love love [i]David Copperfield[\i]! Maggie Smith looks just perfect for the part of Miss Betsey Trotwood. I think I must have seen this version once years ago, but I’m definitely due for a rewatching. :)

Funny, btw, how the PBS trailer plays up the Harry Potter angle. “The magic of Harry Potter meets the blah, blah, blah Charles Dickens blah blah.” Anything to bring in the kiddies, I guess!

Posted by Arithmancer on February 17, 2009, 10:30 PM report to moderator
95 Points

omg this better be true!! I must capture Dan’s first performance as a wee little boy! Does anyone have the exact time and date?? I cannot miss this! I missed Eqqus but that’s reasonable as I’m poor but I can’t miss this!

Posted by Harry+Hermione Potter on February 20, 2009, 03:48 PM report to moderator
7524 Points

I’ve never seen either of these films, wonder if they are any good…

Posted by Bradyboy on March 08, 2009, 10:54 PM report to moderator
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