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Actor Dominic Gerrard hosts an exciting new series that explores the Life and Times of Charles Dickens: his extraordinary novels, who he was as a person, his career as a performer, and his activism. Guests include: Stephen Fry, Miriam Margolyes, Armando Iannucci, Alice Loxton, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Lucinda Hawksley, John Mullan, Pen Vogler, Andrew Davies, Rosie Holt, Bernard Cornwell .... and many more academics, writers, actors, directors and descendants of the great man himself! Along side these interviews there are special Dickens readings from across his works ...Thank you for listening 🔥 

Charles Dickens: A Brain on Fire! �‪�‬ Dominic Gerrard

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Actor Dominic Gerrard hosts an exciting new series that explores the Life and Times of Charles Dickens: his extraordinary novels, who he was as a person, his career as a performer, and his activism. Guests include: Stephen Fry, Miriam Margolyes, Armando Iannucci, Alice Loxton, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Lucinda Hawksley, John Mullan, Pen Vogler, Andrew Davies, Rosie Holt, Bernard Cornwell .... and many more academics, writers, actors, directors and descendants of the great man himself! Along side these interviews there are special Dickens readings from across his works ...Thank you for listening 🔥 

    DROOD ...📚 And Our Endless Attempts To End It: with Pete Orford

    DROOD ...📚 And Our Endless Attempts To End It: with Pete Orford

    Dominic is joined again by the inimitable Dr. Pete Orford for Part II of his examination of The Mystery of Edwin Drood ... Pete’s book Edwin Drood: Charles Dickens’ Unfinished Novel And Our Endless Attempts To End It … (Pen & Sword books) is our guide throughout. It is a hugely entertaining read where scholarly citations and tomfoolery combine with vibrant illustrations by Alys Jones … there is a link purchase this in the description.And reading extracts today, it is an honour to welcome ...

    • 40 min
    Mrs Dickens: with Emily Howes

    Mrs Dickens: with Emily Howes

    Dominic is joined by the inimitable Emily Howes, author of The Painters Daughters, who is currently writing her second book, Mrs Dickens, all about the life of Catherine Hogarth and her marriage to Charles Dickens … Emily is an alumna of Cambridge University, where she was a member of the famous Footlights. After gaining a First in English, she studied Lecoq at the London School of Performing Arts. She then went on to create work for theatre, radio and television. Highlights includ...

    • 36 min
    London Tide: with Ben Power

    London Tide: with Ben Power

    Dominic meets Ben Power backstage at London’s National Theatre who takes a break from rehearsals to talk about London Tide - an exciting new staging of Our Mutual Friend - which he has adapted with songs composed by the award-winning PJ HarveyBen is a Tony Award winning, and a BAFTA & Olivier Award nominated writer for stage and screen, and an Associate here at the National. His adaptation of The Lehman Trilogy, directed by Sam Mendes, has become an international theatrical ju...

    • 29 min
    NEW EPISODES FOR 2024 !!! 🔥

    NEW EPISODES FOR 2024 !!! 🔥

    A new series of Charles Dickens: A Brain on Fire! 🔥 will launch on Friday 5th April ...The first episode takes place deep inside London’s Royal National Theatre, mid-rehearsal, for London Tide - an exciting new adaptation of Our Mutual Friend, co-written by Ben Power and PJ Harvey.Previous series guests include: Stephen Fry, Miriam Margolyes, Armando Iannucci, Lucinda Hawksley, Andrew Davies, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Alice Loxton, John Mullan and many many more …Support the Show.If you ...

    • 1 min
    "The Haunted Man" (Excerpt): Read by Tom Andrews

    "The Haunted Man" (Excerpt): Read by Tom Andrews

    Our final festive extract comes from Dickens’ last Christmas Book The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s Bargain - read today by the fantastic actor Tom AndrewsTom’s screen credits include: This England (for Revolution films & Sky Atlantic), Netflix’s The Strays, Feelgood & Afterlife; HBO’S I Hate Susie and the BBC’s Show Trial … His stage work includes the Royal National Theatre production of Major Barbara and The Accidental Death of an Anarchist in London’s West EndIn the following s...

    • 9 min
    “The Battle of Life” (Excerpt): Read by Rebecca Tanwen

    “The Battle of Life” (Excerpt): Read by Rebecca Tanwen

    Happy 6th Day of Christmas! Today’s guest is the wonderful Rebecca Tanwen reading for us the opening pages of Dickens’ 4th Christmas book The Battle of Life …The story opens with a wide shot of an ancient battle ground, where the traces of the fight have lingered through the centuries, not only in the earth but in the minds of the generations that have lived afterwards. The narrative works its way through a kind of time-lapse describing the changing seasons over many decades before settling o...

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

frank pellow ,

brilliant

I am a fan of Dickens and so love this podcast. Great guests bringing insight into a wide range of Dickens' related subjects. There is always a huge enthusiasm for the subject which is charming.

GregButler ,

Enthralling

Brilliant podcast on the life and times of the master writer with some brilliant guests, certainly makes me want to read every Dickens novel

Barbary Duck ,

Enormous fun

These podcast episodes are simply enormous fun. I was sceptical at first, but Dominic G. loves & knows his Dickens & is good at drawing fantastic conversations out of people. Some of them have brought out deep & marvellous insights into Dickens. Just great.

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