Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Alex Jennings, full cast, Pam Ferris
  • 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Powerful full-cast radio dramatisations of four of Charles Dickens' most famous novels.
Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this first volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes four of his best loved stories.
The Pickwick Papers. Mr Samuel Pickwick, founder of the Pickwick Club, forms a Corresponding Society for members to report back about their travels. So begins the chronicle of their hilariously comic journeys.
Oliver Twist. Born and brought up in the workhouse, orphan Oliver escapes to London - only to fall into the hands of the notorious Fagin and his gang of child pickpockets.
Nicholas Nickleby. Left penniless after his father's death, 19-year-old Nicholas Nickleby takes a teaching position at Dotheboys Hall, where the brutal Wackford Squeers presides.
The Old Curiosity Shop. Pretty, innocent Little Nell's childhood is shattered when evil moneylender Quilp discovers her grandfather is in debt. The duo are forced to leave their curiosity shop and go on the run....
With an all-star cast including Pam Ferris, Tim McInnerny, Alex Jennings, Anna Massey, Ken Campbell, Tom Baker, Julia McKenzie and Sandi Toksvig, these BBC radio adaptations bring out all the humour, romance, pathos and tragedy of Dickens' four classic masterpieces.


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Where does Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wonderfully written and apparently by the hand of a highly skilled, writer. People, myself, often forget that Dickens was actually, a very funny man. :)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One?

The fumbling, clueless, rich and retired old men trying to agree and execute a plan to "change the world!

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The correct atmosphere.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I enjoy it, so would rather devote two hours per night to listen and enjoy with a hot cup of tea, lit fireplace and soft, clean pajamas and slippers. It's a wonderful way to end a day and get ready for bed.

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C Dickenson

I was disappointed with this collection. I found the stories difficult to follow due to a lot of background noise which made it hard to hear what the characters were saying. However, I am impressed by the BBC collections over all. Please keep it up!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2015
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd.