I’ve decided to start rereading Dickens’ novels, starting with The Pickwick Papers. I’m going to try and watch at least 1 adaptation of each novel as I work my way through them, too. I’ve got a BBC miniseries from 1985 for Pickwick and I might try and view the 1952 film version later. So far, it seems the miniseries hasn’t aged very well. In fact, I’m not sure it would’ve been all that popular when it was first broadcast. While the costumes look wonderful, I was less than thrilled with the music, which I didn’t feel conveyed the spirit of Pickwick very well. The indoor sets and illustrations fading into a live scene seem a bit cheesy. Like most of the BBC classic lit adaptations from the 70s and 80s, the dialogue and acting is probably not going to interest many used to sleeker new adaptations like Bleak House (2005). However, it’s still decent to watch if you really enjoy Pickwick. NB, if you are a fan of the show Keeping Up Appearances, you will probably be very, very distracted by Clive Swift (a.k.a. Richard Bucket) playing Tracy Tupman. Even though this miniseries was made years before Hyacinth came on the air, I can only see Swift as Richard!