Every time I hear a story by Charles Dickens, that has been turned into a radio production, I’m touched with a the same awe. His writing is so full of distinct voices, and he paints pictures of locations by dipping down into wonderful detail.
I have to admit that, for me, this detail works best on radio. I find it slow going to read, but listening gives you a different relationship to the words.
Satire is of course the other thing Dickens does very well, and this – alongside his characterisation – give actors quite a lot to work with. Something evident in screen productions too.
I’m often surprised that there isn’t more Dickens made for TV or film.