Sometimes going shopping with grandmother can be a very exciting and fun (and profitable) adventure!
We went into town today in order to get some fabric for a skirt I am helping her with, and we passed this new shop that I’ve never seen before (it looked very temporary so I doubt it will be there for much longer) where they sold all these DVD’s and CD’s. We went in to have a quick look around, and instantly I spotted this box on a table there, bearing the name The Charles Dickens Collection! It was a box containing six different BBC Dickens adaptations; Pickwick Papers (1985), Oliver Twist (1985), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), A Christmas Carol (1977), Great Expectations (1999) and Our Mutual Friend (1998).
I was very excited about it, and my grandmother was kind enough to say that if I wanted it she would by it for us! Now wasn’t that nice of her?! I for one certainly think so! Now you must understand, we’ve managed to converted my grandmother to a period drama fan. We have shown her many of our favourite ones over the years, and yesterday we just finished watching The Way We Live Now together. She loved it!
I haven’t actually watched any of these adaptations yet, not these versions at least. I usually prefer the slightly newer adaptations, the ones from the 70s and 80s aren’t always my favourite ones, but they are still usually good. We are planning on watching A Christmas Carol tonight, as it is the shortest one (by far!) and as it is rather appropriate for this time of the year.I have to say that otherwise the ones I am most looking forward to watching are Great Expectations and Our Mutual Friend. As I have heard much good said about these two versions. But… since these are two are books I have not yet read they will have to wait until I have. And that’ll probably take some time, since they are both really thick books. Alright, I haven’t actually read Oliver Twist either, but I know the story of that one so well anyway it will make no difference whether I watch it now or not.
Has anyone seen any of these by the way?
Thanks grandma, I really appreciate this! 🙂