Great Expectations – First Look at Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham

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The adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic novel comes from Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight. 

Steven Knight’s take on Great Expectations is hotly anticipated here at CultBox Towers.

The impressive cast list for the writer’s take on the Charles Dicken’s classic includes Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) as Pip, Shalom Brune-Franklin (Line of Duty, The Tourist) as Estella and, of course, a bona fide national treasure: Olivia Colman is playing Miss Havisham.

With filming underway, the BBC have released a couple of first-look pictures of Olivia Colman in character. The best grants a side profile of Miss Havisham as she inspects the young Pip, judging his suitability.

Great Expectations - Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham and Fionn Whitehead as Pip

The second, with a full-length view of the aged Miss Havisham, offers our first look at her adopted daughter Estella.

Great Expectations - Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham and Shalom Brune Franklin as Estella

The BBC bill this version of Great Expectations as “… the coming-of-age story of an orphan nicknamed Pip.” Of course, it’s much more than that, tackling themes of class, love and rejection, wealth and poverty, and more.

The wider cast includes Ashley Thomas, Johnny Harris, Hayley Squires (The Essex Serpent), Owen McDonnell, Trystan Gravelle, Rudi Dharmalingam and Matt Berry (Toast of London).

Steven Knight is both writing and producing this six-part version. Executive producers are Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi for the BBC, the team behind Knight’s traumatic take on A Christmas Carol. The show comes from FX Productions in association with the BBC, Scott Free and Hardy Son & Baker.

In the UK, it will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer – we’ll doubtless hear soon, but surely the smart money is still on a festive transmission date?