Dickensian Series Two: What Could Have Been…

Speaking to Tim Rayment of The Sunday Times shortly after the conclusion of the first series in February 2016, Tony Jordan revealed some of his plans for the future of Dickensian. Sadly, the series was not renewed, but the following extract gives a flavour of what we might have been able to expect from a second series:

The ghost of Jacob Marley is to haunt a second series of Dickensian, the BBC soap described as “the riskiest show on primetime TV”.

Tony Jordan, the writer who created the genre-bending drama — the first season of which ends tonight — has sketched out 20 new episodes on 150 Post-it notes stuck up in his garden shed.


“I don’t think there’s anybody more in awe of Charles Dickens than I am, but as a writer, occasionally, not all of his characters are three-dimensional, shall we say,” Jordan ventured last week.

The first series featured 28 characters from the works of Dickens and the second is expected to introduce many more, including David Copperfield as a 90-year-old man conversing with Oliver Twist.


Jordan said the second season of Dickensian would include characters he was “gutted” not to explore in the first, including Abel Magwitch from Dickens’s 1861 novel Great Expectations.

“Characters like Magwitch are quite fascinating for me, because he’s such a big part of that novel and yet we don’t really know much about him,” he said.

You can read the full article here.

15 thoughts on “Dickensian Series Two: What Could Have Been…

      1. Late to it I know, but have binge watched Dickensian series one. Loved every bit of it…so..so..so..disappointed there is not to be a second series…it would have been amazing!


  1. So disappointing and a great opportunity sadly missed not to continue this series. it leaves me on a cliff edge – such a shame. Please think again BBC.

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  2. The first series was so well written, I loved it, however writers are not limited to one channel these days! If the BBC won’t sanction a second series, then take it elsewhere!

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  3. Sounds typical of the BBC to cancel series 2. They, as always, appear to forget this is a TV channel
    financed by us licence holders.. Maybe some sort of consultation process with us viewers before deciding to cancel such a well thought of programme?


  4. Well written involving. Binge watched over the weekend at the Iplayer and was looking for a second series, that was canceled. What a shame.


  5. This is the second time I have been abysmally disappointed !!! The first was with BANISHED – now DICKENSIAN – season 2 !!! Anything of quality ENDURES! A return on years of viewing by happy audiences should rather ensure a continuation of the series!!! BEAUTIFULLY done Season 1 and then . . . NOTHING !!!


  6. I missed the series first time round but have just watched it on BBC i-player. Absolutely brilliant -an imaginative tour de force. To bring some of Dickens most recognisable characters back to life in a drama set in a corner of Victorian London was inspired. A second series is begging to be written. With characters such as Wilkins Micawber, Betsey Trotwood, Sam Weller, Amy Dorrit and Wackford Squeers waiting in the wings to perform their charm, how could it possibly fail.


  7. I can only agree with all the comments above. It was a truly brilliant fist series in every way; cast, set, script, interwoven plots and production. Hard to believe the BBCs decision. Surely it’s a brilliant export? I hope Jordan finds funding elsewhere.


  8. A genius production. I abdolutely loved every second of each episode. Sad that there will not be a second season.


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