The creator of Peaky Blinders, Stephen Knight, is teaming up with Tom Hardy to develop a new BBC series. The show is based on the work of Charles Dickens and it will adapt his classic stories.
According to THR, the first season of the series will start with A Christmas Carol. The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge will be told in three hourlong episodes and Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free London production company will be producing.
Hardy and Knight have previously worked together on the shows on the shows Taboo and Peaky Blinders, so you can bet we are going to get another quality series! I assume we are going to get a very different, dark, and stylized version of this story than anything we’ve ever seen before. I wonder if we’ll see Hardy in the role of Scrooge because that would be amazing!
When talking about the show, Knight had this to say in a statement:
“Any question about narrative storytelling is answered by Dickens. To have the chance to revisit the text and interpret in a new way is the greatest privilege. We need luck and wisdom to do this justice.”
BBC Drama head Piers Wenger added:
“Steven’s unique ability to reimagine the past and to turn it into must-see drama make him the perfect writer to reinvent Dickens’ most famous works for a new generation.”
Then this is what Ridley Scott had to say:
“It’s terrific to be continuing the creative partnership of Scott Free London with Tom and Steve that started with Taboo and continues with this exciting and ambitious anthology of British classics.”
Some other adaptations that we’ll probably end up seeing include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations. The one I really want to see get made is David Copperfield!