Tom Hardy And ‘Peaky Blinders’ Creator Teaming Up For New BBC Drama

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, TV
Published 14.05.20

Great Expectations is being adapted for the BBC by Steven Knight, the creator of Peaky Blinders.

I can’t say I’m particularly moved by this news. I’m not a huge fan of the works of Dickens and in general I don’t really have the time to watch TV, but in weird twist I know I’m going to watch this…

You may remember that over last Christmas, there was a BBC adaptation of A Christmas Carol that was also written by Steven Knight and produced by Tom Hardy. That’s where I imagine Great Expectations will be going.

It wasn’t a bad miniseries by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s fair to say that it wasn’t at all A Christmas Carol either. Guy Pearce muttered his way through Victorian London, making women strip for money, saying c*nt a fair few times and being visited by the ghosts of his abusive father, his caring sister and being reminded that he was abused by his headmaster as a child.

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Except for a few of the names, very little of the BBC’s A Christmas Carol was anything like the actual A Christmas Carol, and whole that wasn’t a problem for me – since I don’t like the source material – it didn’t go down well with many, many people. My girlfriend’s grandmother was deeply offended by it, having loved the Dickens tale and even my mum, who is no prude, felt uncomfortable watching it.

With that in mind, I don’t hold out much hope for Great Expectations, courtesy of Steven Knight, and my first prediction is that someone like Hayley Atwell will play Miss Havisham and you know what? Pip will shag her. He’ll be a shagger who swears and murders for fun.

Stephen Graham will also definitely return for Abel Magwitch, having played Marley in A Christmas Carol.

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Speaking of his upcoming project, writer and director Steven Knight said that Great Expectations is a story that’s very close to him, saying:

Adapting Dickens’ work is a delight. I chose Great Expectations as the next work to bring to the screen not just because of the timeless characters, but also because of the very timely story.

A story of class mobility and class intransigence, told through an intensely emotional and personal first person narrative. As the son of a Blacksmith myself, Pip’s journey from the forge into society is a very special one to me“.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said:

Great Expectations is the second Steven Knight’s series of Dickens’ adaptations and the perfect choice given its timely and personal narrative.

His original take on one of Britain’s most loved classics will make it must see drama for a whole new generation“.

We’ll keep you updated with any casting or production news.

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