David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and the BBC

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Last night we watched this luscious BBC TV adaptation of Charles Dickens's David Copperfield, and we all really enjoyed it. I was with my husband and our 14 year old son.

The BBC has made a program that is faithful to the original masterpiece with all the wonderful and much loved characters that Dickens masterfully created.

The BBC assembled a wonderful cast, and the acting is superb from start to end. Maggie Smith as Aunt Betsy Trotwood is wonderful and totally convincing. Her charm, quirkiness, and utter Britishness shine through. Bob Hoskins as Wilkins Micawber is equally outstanding, and Ian McKellen as Mr. Creakle is positively vicious and loathsome. Perfect!

I particularly loved Aunt Betsy's country house, with its beautiful conservatory, with a wallpaper design of little garden birds and gothic windows. The garden was lovely too, where absolutely no donkeys were allowed to tread!

The BBC takes some beating when it comes to sets and locations, and this production is no exception. The seaside, countryside, and London scenes were very well researched. One London scene was shot outside my sister's house, which was built over 170 years ago. There are so many wonderful places still standing in London that are of the real Dickensian period.

The film is 3 hours long but it held our attention all the while, and our son was totally engrossed. We have recently introduced him to Dickens and we read 'The Christmas Carol' this year during the week up to Christmas. He really enjoyed grappling with the wonderful language! He is familiar with the story of Oliver Twist, and we also recently watched David Lean's black and white film 'Great Expectations', which I also highly recommend, and I have included a link to the full version below. He thoroughly enjoyed the film last night and he is becoming quite a Dickens' fan!

This production of David Copperfield was full of joyful humor juxtaposed with heart wrenching sadness. It is a brilliant story, brilliantly told. I highly recommend it as an excellent piece of work that I cannot fault. I also highly recommend the book of course!

This is the whole movie of David Lean’s Great Expectations. Fabulous!

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  • esmonaco Mar 05, 2014 @ 12:11 pm
    A wonderful review of a great classic!! Thanks:)
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 05, 2014 @ 7:25 pm
    Thank you for your visit and great feedback!
  • holisticwriter Mar 03, 2014 @ 12:17 pm
    A am a little astonished to be able to say...I actually read the book....about 30 years ago. I don't remember much except that I loved it!
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 03, 2014 @ 2:22 pm
    You should treat yourself and watch this production then because it will all come flooding back to you. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.
  • trevorjb1406 Mar 03, 2014 @ 10:51 am
    Well done nice lens thanks for the info!
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 03, 2014 @ 2:21 pm
    You're very welcome. Thank you for your visit.
  • WhiteIsland88 Mar 03, 2014 @ 9:27 am
    I love these BBC productions. I haven't seen this one, but my sisters and I love most of the Austen stories, especially the most recent (I know the BBC has done a few of the stories more than once). One of the things I love about them is (as you mentioned) they seem so much more accurate and true to the books than some other versions I've seen.
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 03, 2014 @ 2:21 pm
    Thanks very much for your visit and for leaving a comment. I hope I have inspired you to watch this production too.
  • tonyleather Mar 03, 2014 @ 9:17 am
    This was a really great interpretation of a wonderful tale!
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 03, 2014 @ 2:20 pm
    You're absolutely right - it's a fabulous production.
  • georgepmoola Mar 02, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
    Good review of a great production of a classic tale.
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 02, 2014 @ 6:02 pm
    Thanks very much for your visit and comment.
  • Charito1962 Mar 02, 2014 @ 12:48 pm
    I loved this classic. I know that it's Dickens' autobiography.
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 02, 2014 @ 1:42 pm
    There is a lot in it that was autobiographical. Eg Charles's own father was in a debtor's prison, and Charles was sent to work in a factory at a young age, just like David, and also Charles gradually became a writer to earn his living, as did David. It's very interesting that Charles had experienced social injustices and drew on them when he wrote. Thanks for your visit and comment.
  • Susan52 Mar 02, 2014 @ 7:47 am
    I haven't watched it, but what a great review. Thanks for sharing!
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 02, 2014 @ 1:35 pm
    It's a very special production in my opinion. Thanks for your visit.
  • sybil-watson Mar 01, 2014 @ 10:49 pm
    This is my absolute favorite movie version of this novel - I loved little Daniel Radcliffe and Maggie Smith.
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 01, 2014 @ 11:38 pm
    I agree with you they absolutely get it don't they! Thanks for your visit and comment.
  • Merrci Mar 01, 2014 @ 8:14 pm
    I haven't seen it, but now I want to! Great review.
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 01, 2014 @ 9:59 pm
    You won't be disappointed. Thanks for your visit Merrci.