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VI. Dickens on TV – Modern Conversions of Dickens’ Works


This last point is not really connected to the topic of the term paper, but shall rather give a short insight into modern conversion of Dickens’ novels. “David Copperfield” and all the other works of Dickens were, of course, conceived as books. But as the times changed, books gradually gave way to more modern kinds of media, such as TV, the Internet and even comics (which can be considered as new media, as they are not books in the conventional sense of the word).

“David Copperfield” for example, has been converted to a movie six times so far. In 1913, 1935, 1970, 1993, 1999 and the last time in 2000. Obviously the movies have not been a great success and not gained much publicity, though the latest version, featuring well-known actor Bob Hoskins in a main role has received some positive reviews: as R. Callaghan describes it as “the centerpiece”[63] of BBC’S festive millenium celebrations.

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