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Dickens of London (ITV 1976, Roy Dotrice, Diana Coupland)

Dickens of London

Starring Roy Dotrice (father of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em star Michele Dotrice) as the legendary writer, Dickens of London takes us into the heart of the legendary Victorian author.

Beginning with the privations and poverty of his childhood through to his years as the worlds most popular author and his career as a performer on both sides of the Atlantic (Dickens would undertake exclusive tours performing one man shows and re-enacting key moments from his books).

Dickens of London is fabulously cast and wonderfully scripted. The series doesn’t shy away from the sometimes harsher side of Dickens’ life especially where his personal relationships with women are concerned. Dotrice also took on the role of Dickens’ own father. There were guest appearances from the likes of John Nettles, Lynsey Baxter, Raymond Francis and Lois Baxter.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 13×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 September – 21 December 1976

Writer: Wolf Mankowitz / Executive Producer: David Cunliffe / Producer: Marc Miller

cast
Simon Bell as Dickens (as a boy)
Roy Dotrice as Dickens (as an old Man) and John Dickens
Gene Foad as Dickens (as a young Man)
Diana Coupland as Catherine Dickens
Patsy Kensit as Catherine Hogarth
Hetty Baynes as Fanny Dickens
Karen Dotrice as Maria Beadnell
John F Landry as Dolby
Dudley Jones as La Salle