PBS Masterpiece to Broadcast Dickens Special Including Radcliffe’s “David Copperfield,” Spall’s Oliver Twist

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Feb 12, 2009

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PBS Masterpiece is broadcasting a series of films based on the classic works of Charles Dickens. This weekend, viewers here in the US will be able to view acclaimed actor Timothy Spall in Oliver Twist. This film, which was broadcast last year in the UK, features Mr. Spall (Peter Pettigrew) as Fagin, and you can watch a new video interview with the actor via this link, as well as view several clips from the film.

Also for those who have not yet seen actor Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in his first film role, PBS will be broadcasting David Copperfield next month. The film, first made in 2000, also stars Dame Maggie Smith, who of course will later appear with Dan in the Harry Potter series in her ongoing role as Professor McGonagall. You can see a trailer for this film at this link. Finally, in May, PBS will air The Old Curiousity Shop, which features Toby Jones, who provides the voice of Dobby the House Elf.





30 Responses to PBS Masterpiece to Broadcast Dickens Special Including Radcliffe’s “David Copperfield,” Spall’s Oliver Twist

Avatar Imagelunalovegood97 says: Hopefully I'll be able to watch them all!Avatar Imagelborealis says: Awwww, little Dan!Avatar ImageCourtney Quirke says: oh my gosh. David Copperfield. what a throwback.Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: I have David Copperfield on dvd (I really love Dickens). He's so little and adorable. That production is like old home week for Harry Potter. Besides Dan and Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch) are also in it. It really is a great production. I highly recommend it.Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: I have David Copperfield on dvd (I really love Dickens). He's so little and adorable. That production is like old home week for Harry Potter. Besides Dan and Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch) are also in it. It really is a great production. I highly recommend it.Avatar Imagelinnie95 says: Cool I really like Charles Dickens and would like to see it. Maybe I will looking for the DVD. I seen soo many versions. I am looking forward to seeing this one.Avatar ImageRhiannon7 says: I second what DeliaDee said. The cast of David Copperfield is superb, espically our Dan. Ian McKellen, Bob Hoskins and many more familar faces are in this version. And Dan is so little and adorable! Avatar ImageFinnBV says: The Masterpiece Theatre version of David Copperfield is actually one of my favorite movies EVER, and not just because of Dan. It is so incredibly well done and Dickens is just amazing and everything about it is so perfect… gets me all happy inside. :)Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: I will have to check to see if it's broadcast on our cable. We have PBS but sometimes they don't show everything. That's one thing I miss about not having sattelite-all the different channels that we did get. It will be nice to see all the actors together again befor they did HP.Avatar ImageAttolia says: I've never been able to see David Copperfield. It should be really good. Hopefully I'll be able to watch.Avatar ImageZivlok says: They did this with Jane Austen this past Summer, I believe, and it's great to see them do it with Dickens' work!Avatar Imagesevered_lies says: MPT is so awesome.Avatar ImageAccioCloak says: Interesting to see Dan pre HP!Avatar ImageChrissyPuff says: Awesome! It will be great to see Dan in the role that started it all:)Avatar Imagelawahine says: Yay! Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: I love Dickens, but I've never seen these films - hooray for PBS!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I enjoy watching PBS's Masterpiece series, and the fact that it is going to include this only makes it even more attractive.Avatar Imagekbicprez says: I love MT too. I was introduced to Helen Mirren on MT in the "Prime Suspect" series. Some of the best TV drama I've ever seen. Jane Tennison became one of my fictional heroes. MT broadcast "My Boy Jack" last year. A very sad story. Dan was very good. Looking forward to "David Copperfield".Avatar ImageChantyBabez says: I've looked everywhere to see this film and yet again i'm going to miss it :( BOO! I'll see it before i die i swear :D xxxAvatar ImageCatherine says: Hopefully I will have time to watch them!Avatar ImageSophie Treklemmer says: Yay! I loved watching David Copperfield. It's a very good series ^_^Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Cool! I want to see these.Avatar Imageanne1 says: I have all three on dvd. They're those great dramas that you always want to watch again. David Copperfield and Oliver Twist are both quality BBC series. Oliver Twist is quite recent, made two years ago. The Old Curiosity Shop was a one part feature originally shown on UK TV on Boxing Day two years ago. I found it very dark, too dark to cope with at Christmas, but I love Derek Jacobi so I have kept it to watch another time when in the mood.Avatar Imagehalcyon says: I'm so glad PBS is airing David Copperfield again. I watched it when it was on BBCA once and never got to see the second part. lolAvatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: Little Dan is the most adorable kid! I've never gotten around to watching David Copperfield but I will now. Squeee!Avatar ImageDolemite says: It'll be weird to see him not as HPAvatar ImageAga Veneficus says: Ooh, yes! Love Dickens!Avatar ImageArithmancer says: Aww, such a little cutie! And how I love love love [i]David Copperfield[\i]! Maggie Smith looks just perfect for the part of Miss Betsey Trotwood. I think I must have seen this version once years ago, but I'm definitely due for a rewatching. :) Funny, btw, how the PBS trailer plays up the Harry Potter angle. "The magic of Harry Potter meets the blah, blah, blah Charles Dickens blah blah." Anything to bring in the kiddies, I guess!Avatar ImageHarryHermione Potter says: omg this better be true!! I must capture Dan's first performance as a wee little boy! Does anyone have the exact time and date?? I cannot miss this! I missed Eqqus but that's reasonable as I'm poor but I can't miss this! Avatar ImageBradyboy says: I've never seen either of these films, wonder if they are any good...

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