“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Great Expectations.

Amongst other things 2012 marks the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. You can keep tabs on all the various events here but the celebrations got of to a brilliant start with the BBC's latest production of Great Expectations. No one does costume drama like the beeb and they didn't let us down this time. The sets, the locations, the acting, all superb and the icing on the cake was Ray Winstone who gave us what must be the best ever portrayal of Magwitch. Lovely stuff. I think that Great Expectations is my favourite Dickens tale so when I had the opportunity a few years back to be involved in a previous BBC production I didn't need to be asked twice. My contribution consisted of marine coordination and a (very) small speaking part. What larks!

1 comment:

henry said...

Agree 100%. Ray Winstone put a brilliant spin on the role - giving it a depth of social "realism" it always needed. All the others were just parodies - like watching those supposed "working class" baddies on Dixon of Dock Green or any of the walk-on plebs in the Ealing comedies. He was great.

(And a Happy New Year to you and yr family, Ray.)

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