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Masterpiece:April Celebrates Two Dickens Classics

abstract:In the year that marks Charles Dickens bicentenary of birth Masterpiece Classic has released this two-episode rendition which views on television on April 1 and 8th of Great Expectations starring Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Bleak House) as Miss Havisham, with David Suchet (Hercule Poirot) and Ray Winstone with emerging talents Douglas Booth and Vanessa Kirby. Adapted by Sarah Phelps (Oliver Twist). Great Expectation is of course the story of Pip, a battered orphan boy, who rises from blacksmith's apprentice to gentleman under the patronage of a mysterious benefactor. (Click the hot links for direct purchase of the DVD's to add to your Masterpiece movie collection.)

April 15, 2012 at 9pm (Check local listings)
Mystery of Edwin Drood
One 120-minute episode
An adaptation and completion of Charles Dickens' last novel left unfinished at his death, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood is a psychological thriller about a provincial choirmaster's obsession with 17-year-old Rosa Bud. Cast includes Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) and Julia MacKenzie (Miss Marple).

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March 31, 2012
— April 22 & 29, 2012 at 9pm (Check local listings)
Birdsong
Two 90-minute episodes
Based on Sebastian Faulk's novel about lovers torn apart by World War I. Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) plays Stephen Wrayford, whose pre-war affair with Isabelle Azaire (Clemence Poesy, Harry Potter) has an enduring effect on him as he fights in the trenches.

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Select: "Invited to join an existing group."
Type: Masterpiece Book To Film Group
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