The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Early Years

Seven BBC Radio full-cast dramatisations

Charles Dickens, Full Cast (Read by), Anna Massey (Read by), Alex Jennings (Read by), Phil Daniels (Read by), Julia McKenzie (Read by), Tim McInnerny (Read by), Robert Glenister (Read by)

Captivating radio dramatisations of seven of Charles Dickens' most famous novels.

Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned authors of all time, and this first digital volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes seven of his most popular novels.

This collection includes the episodic adventure Nicholas Nickleby, comic tale The Pickwick Papers, poignant melodrama The Old Curiosity Shop and the much-loved Oliver Twist. Plus, there’s the gripping historical novel Barnaby Rudge, picaresque comedy Martin Chuzzlewit and bittersweet tale of family relationships Dombey and Son.

With their compelling plots, larger-than-life characters and vivid descriptions of Victorian life, Dickens’ stories have captivated generations of readers. These radio adaptations bring out all the hope and happiness, pathos and tragedy, satire and social realism of his seven classic masterpieces.

Among the star cast are Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, Phil Daniels, Julia McKenzie, Tim McInnerny and Robert Glenister.

Track listing:
1-6 The Pickwick Papers
7-12 Oliver Twist
13-42 Nicholas Nickleby
43-67 The Old Curiosity Shop
68-70 Barnaby Rudge
71-80 Martin Chuzzlewit
81-99 Dombey and Son

The Pickwick Papers
Pickwick................................................................................Clive Francis
Tupman...........................................................................Bill Wallis
Snodgrass................................................................................Christopher Scoular
Winkie........................................................John Duttine
Jingle........................................................Michael Cochrane
Wardle..................................................................................Peter Jeffrey
Perker.....................................................Norman Rodway
Sam Weller.......................................................Brian Parr
Tony Weller..........................................................................Trevor Peacock
Mrs Bardell...........................................................................................Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Minerva................................................................................Geraldine Fitzgerald
Mary.................................................................Jenny Funnell
Rachel..............................................................................................Sunny Ormonde
Job.........................................Stephen Boswell
Other parts played by John Webb, Susan Jeffrey

Oliver Twist
Oliver................................................................................Edward Long
Mrs Mann...........................................................................Pam Ferris
Mr Bumble................................................................................Roger Hume
Sowerberry........................................................Bob Goody
Mrs Sowerberry........................................................Gillian Goodman
Charlotte..................................................................................Kimberly Hope
Noah.....................................................Alex Jones
Artful Dodger.......................................................Richard Pearce
Fagin..........................................................................John Grillo
Bill Sikes...........................................................................................Tim McInnerny
Nancy................................................................................Adjoa Andoh
Charley.................................................................Paul Ryan
Rachel..............................................................................................Sunny Ormonde
Brownlow.........................................Peter Jeffrey
Other parts played by Simon Carter, Tina Gray, David Holt, Terry Pearson, Graham Colclough, Gillian Goodman, Jonathan Wyatt, Brett Usher, Kim Wall, Joyce Gibbs, Teresa Gallagher, Pat Quayle

Nicholas Nickleby
Dickens.................................................................Alex Jennings
Nicholas Nickleby.................................................................Oliver Millburn
Ralph Nickleby.................................................................Richard Johnson
Mrs Nickleby.................................................................Anna Massey
Kate Nickleby.................................................................Nicola Ratcliffe
Newman Noggs.................................................................Bruce Alexander
Miss la Creevy.................................................................Janine Duvitski
Mr Snawley.................................................................Ioan Meredith
Wackford Squeers.................................................................Ken Campbell
Mrs Squeers.................................................................Maggie McCarthy
Smike.................................................................Raymond Pickard
Fanny Squeers.................................................................Sophie Thompson
Tilda.................................................................Tilly Gaunt
John Browdie.................................................................Gareth Corke
Other parts played by Jeremy Clyde, Jamie Bamber, David Bamber, Hetty Baynes, Becky Hindley, Tracy Wiles, Fiona Clarke, Stephen Critchlow, Ben Crowe, Raymond Pickard, Tom Baker, Shuna Snow, Bruce Alexander, Nigel Anthony, Ifan Meredith, Gareth Cork, Tilly Gaunt, Michelle Wesson, John Rowe, Timothy Bateson, Ifan Meredith, Edna Dore

The Old Curiosity Shop
Dickens.................................................................Alex Jennings
Nell.................................................................Emily Chennery
Grandfather.................................................................Trevor Peacock
Quilp.................................................................Phil Daniels
Kit.................................................................Daniel Bliss
Dick.................................................................Ben Crowe
Betsy.................................................................Alison Pettit
Mrs Jiniwin.................................................................Marcia Warren
Harris.................................................................Ewan Bailey
Giant/Grinder.................................................................Gerard McDermott
Mrs Jarley.................................................................Julia McKenzie
Mrs Nubbins.................................................................Lindsey Coulson
Mr Garland.................................................................David Collings
Schoolmaster.................................................................Paul Hilton
Other parts played by Simon Donaldson, Geoff Felix, Sandi Toksvig, Adrian Scarborough, Nicola Hornett, Clive Swift, Ian Masters, Phillip Joseph, Paul Hilton, Timothy Bateson, Lynne Christie

Barnaby Rudge
Haredale................................................................................Richard Pasco
Chester...........................................................................Norman Rodway
Gabriel Varden ................................................................................Ian Hogg
Barnaby Rudge........................................................Richard Derrington
The Stranger/Rudge........................................................Michael Siberry
Mary Rudge..................................................................................Janet Dale
Edward Chester.....................................................Gareth Tudor Price
Emma Haredale .......................................................Carolyn Backhouse
Joe Willett..........................................................................Richard Pearce
Willett...........................................................................................John Hollis
Dolly Varden................................................................................Cathy Sara
Martha Varden.................................................................Elizabeth Proud
Grip..............................................................................................Sue Wilson
Reuben Haredale/Parkes.........................................Christopher Scott
Other parts played by John Webb, Rob Swinton, Terry Molloy, Brian Miller

Martin Chuzzlewit
Mr Pecksniff.......................................................Christopher Benjamin
Charity Pecksniff..........................................................Angela Pleasence
Mercy Pecksniff.........................................................................Susie Brann
Old Martin.................................................................Patrick Troughton
Martin Chuzzlewit...........................................................Valentine Pelka
Tom Pinch ............................................................................David Collings
Mark Tapley.......................................................................Jonathan Tafler
Narrator..................................................................................Simon Cadell
John Westlock .................................................................Jonathan Cullen
Mrs Lupin.............................................................................Tessa Worsley
Mary Graham.........................................................................Zelah Clarke
Montague Tigg.......................................................Douglas Livingstone
Chevy Slyme.....................................................................Richard Durden
Anthony Chuzzlewit......................................................................Jack May
Other parts played by Stephen Hattersley, Struan Rodger, John McAndrew, Sheila Grant, Gordon Reid, Bill Nighy, Deborah Makepeace, Stephen Thorne, Norman Jones, Patricia Hayes, Edward de Souza, Kim Wall, Thelma Whitely, Paul Gregory, Steven Harrold, Bernard Brown, Tim Reynolds, Pauline Letts, Alan Dudley, Tom Wilkinson, Stuart Organ, David Sinclair, Rachel Gurney, Michael Graham Cox, Robin Summers, Philip Voss, Peter Howell, Avril Clark, Elaine Claxton, Manning Wilson, Andrew Branch, David Goodland, Natasha Pyne, Jennifer Piercey, Major Wiley, Sue Broomfield, Karen Ascoe, Brian Hewlett

Dombey and Son
Charles Dickens..................................................................Alex Jennings
Dombey..........................................................................Robert Glenister
Florence...............................................................................Abigail Hollick
Young Florence ..........................................................................Eliza Darby
Paul..........................................................................................Jacob Theato
Mr Carker................................................................................Adrian Lukis
Captain Cuttle .................................................................Trevor Peacock
Mrs Brown......................................................................Geraldine James
Dr Blimber................................................................................Robin Soans
Mrs Pipchin......................................................................Flaminia Cinque
Dr Peps....................................................................................Karl Johnson
Polly Toodles................................................................................Pam Ferris
Susan Nipper...................................................................Nadine Marshall
Walter...................................................................................Joseph Arkley
Other parts played by Jordan Clarke, Sam Pamphilon, Helen Schlesinger, Nicky Henson, Fenella Fielding, Ben Crowe, Lloyd Thomas, Claire Rushbrook, Bertie Carvel, Katy Cavanagh, Peter Marinker, Simon Treves, Alex Lanipekun, Lloyd Woolf, Judith Jones

  • BBC Digital Audio
  • Published 1st March 2018
  • 2107 Minutes
  • £16.99