5 actresses who nearly played ‘Doctor Who’ companions

It was recently revealed that the Doctor Who production team auditioned 70 actresses for the part of new companion Bill, which of course eventually went to Pearl Mackie. Assuming a similar number were looked at for previous companions, multiplied by how many of them there have been over the past fifty or so years, and that … >

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‘Dickensian’ won’t be returning for Season 2

The BBC has confirmed that Dickensian has been axed after just one season. The 20-part period drama series launched last December, initially attracting over 5 million viewers. However, had halved by the show’s tenth episode. Created by Tony Jordan (Hustle), Dickensian was set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens’ critically acclaimed novels and cost an estimated £10m to make. > Buy Dickensian … >

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‘Dickensian’ Episode 20 review

Here we are at last. Dickensian Episode 20, finally. Sorry, I meant, finale. The finale. Ahem. There were times I thought we’d never get here. Even if you have enjoyed Every Single Episode of Tony Jordan’s cobble-stone uneven and overly long literary mash-up prequel, you have to admit it feels like it’s been on forever. … >

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‘Dickensian’ episode guide

Stephen Rea, Pauline Collins, Caroline Quentin and Peter Firth lead the cast of BBC One’s Dickensian. Created by Tony Jordan (Hustle), the 20-part drama series is set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens’ critically acclaimed novels. Dickensian brings together some of literature’s most iconic characters, including Scrooge, Fagin and Miss Havisham, as their lives … >

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‘Dickensian’ Episodes 16-17 review: The show lives up to its promise

Finally. Finally! After weeks of meandering storylines and terrible double entendres, Dickensian lives up to the promise of its beginnings, with two episodes that are entertaining, and both for different reasons. This is what the show should’ve been like all along. So while I usually lump both together in a review, it’s worth separating them … >

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‘Dickensian’ Episodes 14-15 review: We’ll get through this

It struck me, entering Hour Seven of Dickensian, and staring down the double-barrel of another of Mrs Bumble’s excruciating entendres (her Figgy Dowdy is ‘Extra moist’ this week), that this is a series which is a full four hours longer than BBC One’s War and Peace, and yet feels like it has half as much … >

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‘Dickensian’ Episodes 6-7 review: There’s a lot to enjoy this week

After suffering some unsteady Christmas scheduling, Dickensian is settling down for a regular Wednesday/Thursday night slot. God bless us, everyone! Because even at a time when an audience can record, download, binge, and then awkwardly chill while the dog’s not watching, there’s no better way to kill a show – especially one that acts like … >

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