Romance, scandal and intrigue

The stunning backdrop of Victorian London is brought to life by a stellar cast including Stephen Rea, Pauline Collins, Caroline Quentin and Peter Firth. With a wealth of back stories inspired by the novels, Dickensian is period drama with fast-paced storylines and surprising twists and turns.

Free from the straightjacket of adaptation, Dickensian takes familiar characters on new journeys. Discover the events that lead up to Miss Havisham's wedding day, the sacrifices made by a young Lady Dedlock and find out what happens to ruthless moneylender Jacob Marley.

You don't need to know Dickens' novels to fall in love with these stories - packed with romance, scandal and intrigue they deliver a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns to surprise and delight viewers right up to the final episode.


There are over 500 costumes used in Dickensian

The main street was constructed over a period of five months by over 50 full time craftsmen and a countless number of subcontractors and support industries.

Around 50 top hats were used in the show

At least 50% of the books in Jaggers & Tulkinghorn’s are fake books made by a specialist British company.

Dickensian has a fully functional pub set at one end of the street and a 16 column colonnade, church and law courts at the other.

Next on...

Episode 1, Series 1

Saturday November 4 at 4:30am

Recently bereaved Amelia and Arthur Havisham meet for the reading of their father's will.

Episode 2, Series 1

Tuesday November 7 at 4:25am

Amelia Havisham's mysterious rescuer Compeyson makes another appearance at Satis house.

Episode 3, Series 1

Wednesday November 8 at 4:25am

It's the day of Marley's funeral and Bucket continues his inquiries by questioning Nancy.

Episode 4, Series 1

Thursday November 9 at 6:30am

At the New Year's Day fair, Compeyson's schemes to attract Miss Havisham reach new depths.

Episode 5, Series 1

Friday November 10 at 4:55am

Compeyson is riled by the arrival of Matthew Pocket, and quizzes Arthur over his cousin.

Episode 6, Series 1

Saturday November 11 at 5:55am

Over lunch at Satis House, Compeyson realises that Matthew is in love with Miss Havisham.

Episode 8, Series 1

Wednesday November 15 at 5:15am

Honoria is forced to break off her relationship with Hawdon.

Episode 9, Series 1

Friday November 17 at 4:35am

Amelia reveals she wants to buy a wedding dress.

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