According to The Guardian, “Dickensian is set in the fictional realms of many of Charles Dickens’ novels, mashing together favourite characters such as Scrooge, Fagin and Miss Havisham in new stories, as their lives intertwine in 19th-century London.”
The 20-part (20-part!) series imagines what it would be like if many of the great Dickens characters crossed over from their own stories into the lives of other Eminent Dickensians.
It looks like the plot involves the mystery of who killed Jacob Marley. My money is on that “Tiny Tim” character.
What a perfect Christmas present! (Not to mention a Christmas past and a Christmas future).
Dickensian debuts on Boxing Day, 26 December 2015, on BBC One. No US airdate yet.
For fans of this kind of thing, there’s a wonderful alternate history book by Kim Newman called Anno Dracula, which imagines a Victorian England in which Count Dracula succeeded beyond all expectations. The book includes literally hundreds of real and fictional Victorians, and shows how they react to a radically different Victorian Age. The more entrenched you are in Victoriana, the more you’ll love the book.