LONDON — Derek Jacobi, David Nicholls and director Christine Edzard are throwing their collective weight behind an upcoming Charles Dickens on-screen season staged by the British Film Institute.
Nicholls scripted Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, starring newcomer Jeremy Irvine, alongside a who’s who of British thesps such as Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane, Ewen Bremner, Jason Flemyng, Sally Hawkins, Tamzin Outhwaite, David Walliams and Holliday Grainger, currently shooting in the U.K.
Jacobi, a veteran of stage and screen, has played many a role in adaptations of the English novelist’s work including Little Dorritt, directed by Edzard in 1988.
The BFI is putting in place what it describes as a “comprehensive three month retrospective” of Dickens adaptations for both film and television.
It will run from January through March 2012 and aims to be part of the celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the author’s birth.
The BFI plans to unveil the full lineup of the “wonderful, curious, famous, rare, neglected” and “never anything but fascinating” exploration of how Dickens’ work has been interpreted on both the small and big screens over the years No. 17.