The works of Charles Dickens have been dramatised and filmed more than the works of any other author. Indeed, his books are written in such a way that they transfer easily from the written medium to that of film and television.
Below you will find a selection of short clips from various Dickens films and short clips. Please enjoy them and please let us know if you come across any other Dickens films that you think could be featured here.
Towards the end of his life Dickens had become embroiled with the actress Ellen Ternan. He separated from his wife, Catherine, and his private life became one of the most closely guarded secrets of the age. However, in 1865, his secret life was almost brought to public attention when he and Ellen were involved in the Staplehurst train disaster.
This short film looks at the disaster and reveals Dickens efforts to keep his involvement away from public scrutiny.
Simon Callow has, very much, made Dickens his own and has brought Dickens public readings to vivid life on the London stage.
In this short film he takes you around some of the Dickensian locations around Covent Garden, Embankment and Strand.
This piece of silent film, dating from 1901, is believed to be the earliest, surviving, film footage of a Dickens work and features the death of Poor Joe from Bleak House.
I'd never seen this version of Hard Times, one of Dickens lesser known and least filmed works. But it is well acted, well produced and worth a watch!
I've included this second version of A Christmas Carol purely and simply for the joy of seeing the late Vincent Price sitting in a chair and acting as the narrator.
I absolutely love this short compilation of clips from various Dickens serialisations that combines clips of some of his most memorable characters with a backing track by Coldplay! It's surprising how the two, Dickens and Coldplay, can consider themselves right at home together.