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Although his first book, Oliver Twist, was an international sensation, Charles Dickens then endured a series of flops that threatened his reputation. Stuck for ideas, and taunted by his rival William Thackerey, Dickens set out to write and self-publish a book he hoped would keep his family afloat. Taking inspiration from characters encountered in the real world, as well as his imagination and a dark secret from his past, in six weeks Dickens created a masterpiece that became 'A Christmas Carol'. Along the way he also helped define the holiday, establishing traditions that remain commonplace today. This warm family drama recounts the story in entertaining, educational fashion, opening up the creative process, highlighting issues around social inequality, and capturing something of the life of one of our greatest authors.
This version of the classic Dickens story about a stingy businessman taught a Christmas lesson by ghosts emphasises Victorian England's bleak side.
7+ years 89 mins
Romantic comedy about a young woman living when only men were allowed to act, who disguises herself as a boy and auditions for William Shakespeare.
14+ years 123 mins
Adaptation of the famous Charles Dickens novel, about a boy who grows up in a brutal workhouse in Victorian London before joining a pickpocket gang.
7+ years 110 mins
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Also in cinemas is French language drama 'The Workshop', with 'Incredibles 2', 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and 'Leave No Trace' released on DVD.
Reading time 2 mins
With the arrival of 'Mary Shelley' in cinemas, we look at nine other great biopics of celebrated authors and ways they can deepen understanding of their works.
Reading time 5 mins
We asked some of you guys to vote for your top films to catch in the cinema over this Christmas holiday, and the results are in...
Reading time 5 mins
We look at how 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' presents a different side to Charles Dickens and demonstrates the influence of 'A Christmas Carol' to this day.
Reading time 6 mins
Dan Stevens may be playing The Man Who Invented Christmas but has he been naughty or nice this year?
Viewing time 6 mins
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