Great Expectations review

By Diana Wichtel In Television

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9th February, 2012
Andrew Davies, known for racy adaptations of the sort that iconised Mr Darcy steaming gloomily in a big wet blouse, once declared that if Charles Dickens were alive today, he’d be writing ­EastEnders. Very possibly. As circus proprietor Mr Sleary lisps in Hard Times, “People mutht be amuthed, Thquire, thomehow …” Dickens was also something of a chilled-out entertainer in his time. “I’m afraid he has too much talent for his genius; it is a fearful locomotive to which he is bound and can never be free from it nor set to rest,” opined Ralph Waldo Emerson, after ...

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