Dickens Confidential

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

Episodes

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01Railway Kings20070502
01Railway Kings2007050220120704 (BBC7)
20120705 (BBC7)

By Mike Walker.

Chief Correspondent Jack Marshall investigates the causes of a tragic railway accident, a difficult task since the owner of the railway is a shareholder in the paper and his daughter is in charge of petty cash.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Jack....Freddy White

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Howerd....Sam Dale

Mickey's Jim....Gerard Murphy

Bristol Jenny....Alex Tregear

Widow....Rachel Bavidge

Navvy....Anthony Glennon

Directed by David Hunter

Charles Dickens once worked on a newspaper. How might he have covered a train crash?

4 Extra Debut. Before his novels, famed writer Charles Dickens edited a newspaper. How might he have covered a train crash? Stars Jamie Glover.

02Darker Than You Think2007050920120705 (BBC7)
20120706 (BBC7)
20130928 (BBC7)
20130929 (BBC7)

Newspaper editor Charles Dickens gets Jack to probe gory deaths in the River Thames.

Newspaper editor Charles Dickens gets Jack to probe gory deaths in the River Thames blamed on dark spirits. Stars Jamie Glover

By Mike Walker.

A serial killer is at large. Chief Correspondent Jack is sent to investigate, but Agnes seems rather more interested in her new beau, a pioneering and seemingly philanthropic doctor, than following the progress of his leads.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Jack....Freddy White

Henry Jenks....Nicholas Boulton

Inspector Leavett....Harry Myers

Scottish convict....John Dougall

London convict....Sam Dale

Warder....Anthony Glennon

Directed by Tracey Neale.

02Darker Than You Think2007050920120705 (BBC7)
20120706 (BBC7)

Newspaper editor Charles Dickens gets Jack to probe gory deaths in the River Thames.

Newspaper editor Charles Dickens gets Jack to probe gory deaths in the River Thames blamed on dark spirits. Stars Jamie Glover.

By Mike Walker.

A serial killer is at large. Chief Correspondent Jack is sent to investigate, but Agnes seems rather more interested in her new beau, a pioneering and seemingly philanthropic doctor, than following the progress of his leads.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Jack....Freddy White

Henry Jenks....Nicholas Boulton

Inspector Leavett....Harry Myers

Scottish convict....John Dougall

London convict....Sam Dale

Warder....Anthony Glennon

Directed by Tracey Neale.

03High Society2007051620120706 (BBC7)
20120707 (BBC7)

By Deborah Davis.

Attending the opening of Parliament by the new young Queen Victoria, Dickens finds himself rubbing shoulders with the great and the good, in particular the alluring Lady Kames. Will this elevation compromise his editorial judgment, especially when a scandalous story emerges?

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Jack....Freddy White

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Lord Henry Kames....Robert Bathurst

Lady Belinda Kames....Juliet Aubrey

William Percy....Bertie Carvel

Robert....John Dougall

James....Sam Dale

Mrs Slingsby....Melinda Walker

Directed by Tracey Neale.

Charles Dickens meets Lady Kames - and his editorial judgement is scrutinised.

At the opening of Parliament, Charles Dickens meets Lady Kames - and his editorial judgement is scrutinised. Stars Jamie Glover.

03High Society2007051620120706 (BBC7)
20120707 (BBC7)
20131005 (BBC7)
20131006 (BBC7)
20150124 (BBC7)
20150125 (BBC7)

Charles Dickens meets Lady Kames, and his editorial judgement is scrutinised.

At the opening of Parliament, Charles Dickens meets Lady Kames and his editorial judgement is scrutinised. Stars Jamie Glover.

By Deborah Davis.

Attending the opening of Parliament by the new young Queen Victoria, Dickens finds himself rubbing shoulders with the great and the good, in particular the alluring Lady Kames. Will this elevation compromise his editorial judgment, especially when a scandalous story emerges?

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Jack....Freddy White

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Lord Henry Kames....Robert Bathurst

Lady Belinda Kames....Juliet Aubrey

William Percy....Bertie Carvel

Robert....John Dougall

James....Sam Dale

Mrs Slingsby....Melinda Walker

Directed by Tracey Neale.

04Captain Swing2007052320120710 (BBC7)
20120711 (BBC7)

By Annie Caulfield.

Staying at her father's country residence, Agnes finds herself at the centre of a story when her father's beloved steam plough is destroyed.

Dickens begins an investigation but Agnes realises that there is much more at stake than broken and burnt property.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Jack....Freddy White

Patty....Jasmine Callan

Tom....Anthony Glennon

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Mrs Drake....Ann Beach

Directed by David Hunter

Can Charles Dickens help workers overcome the tyranny of Victorian landowners?

Can Charles Dickens help workers overcome the tyranny of Victorian landowners? What of Captain Swing? Stars Jamie Glover.

04Captain Swing2007052320120710 (BBC7)
20120711 (BBC7)
20131019 (BBC7)
20131020 (BBC7)
20150131 (BBC7)
20150201 (BBC7)

Can Charles Dickens help workers overcome the tyranny of Victorian landowners? What of Captain Swing? Stars Jamie Glover.

Can Charles Dickens help workers overcome the tyranny of Victorian landowners?

By Annie Caulfield.

Staying at her father's country residence, Agnes finds herself at the centre of a story when her father's beloved steam plough is destroyed.

Dickens begins an investigation but Agnes realises that there is much more at stake than broken and burnt property.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Jack....Freddy White

Patty....Jasmine Callan

Tom....Anthony Glennon

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Mrs Drake....Ann Beach

Directed by David Hunter

05Foundry2007053020120711 (BBC7)
20120712 (BBC7)

By Mike Walker.

Dickens asks Jack to investigate the death of a young boy at an iron foundry.

But the story feels uncomfortably close to home for Dickens and he begins to question his motives.

He is also still unaware of Agnes's involvement with the paper.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Mr Fell....Jonathan Keeble

Widow....Charlie Brooks

Billy....Harry Eden

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Factory Owner....Sam Dale

Directed by Tracey Neale.

Charles Dickens's conscience is challenged when his newspaper investigates a child's death.

Charles Dickens's editorial conscience is challenged when his newspaper investigates a child's death. Stars Jamie Glover

05Foundry2007053020120711 (BBC7)
20120712 (BBC7)
20131026 (BBC7)
20131027 (BBC7)
20150207 (BBC7)
20150208 (BBC7)

Charles Dickens's conscience is challenged when his newspaper investigates a child's death

Charles Dickens's editorial conscience is challenged when his newspaper investigates a child's death. Stars Jamie Glover.

By Mike Walker.

Dickens asks Jack to investigate the death of a young boy at an iron foundry.

But the story feels uncomfortably close to home for Dickens and he begins to question his motives.

He is also still unaware of Agnes's involvement with the paper.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Mr Fell....Jonathan Keeble

Widow....Charlie Brooks

Billy....Harry Eden

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Factory Owner....Sam Dale

Directed by Tracey Neale.

06 LASTInnocence2007060620120712 (BBC7)
20120713 (BBC7)
20131102 (BBC7)
20131103 (BBC7)
20150214 (BBC7)
20150215 (BBC7)

Charles Dickens draws Agnes and Jack into a murky world of prostitution and opium.

Charles Dickens draws Agnes and Jack into a murky world of prostitution and opium, and an old adversary appears. Stars Jamie Glover.

By Mike Walker.

Through a chance encounter with a young woman of the night, Dickens embroils the paper in another dangerous investigation. Drawn into the murky world of prostitution and opium, Agnes and Jack encounter a formidable adversary from the past.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Jack....Freddy White

Catherine....Charlotte Emmerson

Colonel Corbett....Clive Swift

Pimp....Gerard Murphy

Hawker....Anthony Glennon

Directed by David Hunter

Charles Dickens draws Agnes and Jack into a murky world of prostitution and opium - and an old adversary. Stars Jamie Glover

06 LASTInnocence2007060620120712 (BBC7)
20120713 (BBC7)

By Mike Walker.

Through a chance encounter with a young woman of the night, Dickens embroils the paper in another dangerous investigation. Drawn into the murky world of prostitution and opium, Agnes and Jack encounter a formidable adversary from the past.

Dickens....Jamie Glover

Agnes....Jasmine Hyde

Jack....Freddy White

Catherine....Charlotte Emmerson

Colonel Corbett....Clive Swift

Pimp....Gerard Murphy

Hawker....Anthony Glennon

Directed by David Hunter

Charles Dickens draws Agnes and Jack into a murky world of prostitution and opium.

Charles Dickens draws Agnes and Jack into a murky world of prostitution and opium - and an old adversary. Stars Jamie Glover

01Gangs Of London2008060920090929
20120918 (BBC7)
20120919 (BBC7)

As a newspaper editor, how might Charles Dickens have covered an old enemy's return?

4 Extra Debut. As a newspaper editor, how might Charles Dickens have covered an old enemy's return and financial plotting? Stars Dan Stevens.

By Mike Walker.

New criminal gangs are active on the streets of London. A mugging of their financier Joseph Paxton points Dickens and his investigative team to a connection between the gangs and a plot to rock the very heart of the financial world.

Charles Dickens....Dan Stevens

Agnes Paxton....Eleanor Howell

Jack Marshall....Freddy White

Daniel Parker....Andrew Buchan

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Mickey's Jim....Gerard Murphy

Iron Billy....John Rowe

Gasman....Ben Crowe

Harry....Stephen Critchlow

Thug....Chris Pavlo

Woman....Liz Sutherland

Directed by David Hunter

By Mike Walker. A mugging of financier Joseph Paxton points Dickens to a sinister plot.

01Gangs Of London2008060920090929
20120918 (BBC7)
20120919 (BBC7)
20140927 (BBC7)
20140928 (BBC7)

As a newspaper editor, how might Charles Dickens have covered an old enemy's return?

As a newspaper editor, how might Charles Dickens have covered an old enemy's return and financial plotting? Stars Dan Stevens.

By Mike Walker.

New criminal gangs are active on the streets of London. A mugging of their financier Joseph Paxton points Dickens and his investigative team to a connection between the gangs and a plot to rock the very heart of the financial world.

Charles Dickens....Dan Stevens

Agnes Paxton....Eleanor Howell

Jack Marshall....Freddy White

Daniel Parker....Andrew Buchan

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Mickey's Jim....Gerard Murphy

Iron Billy....John Rowe

Gasman....Ben Crowe

Harry....Stephen Critchlow

Thug....Chris Pavlo

Woman....Liz Sutherland

Directed by David Hunter

By Mike Walker. A mugging of financier Joseph Paxton points Dickens to a sinister plot.

02The Man Who Robbed The Bank Of England2008061620091006
20120919 (BBC7)
20120920 (BBC7)

Mourning his reporter, Charles Dickens discovers an unexpected ally also wants justice in a cunning plot. Stars Dan Stevens.

Mourning his reporter, Charles Dickens discovers an unexpected ally also wants justice.

Mourning the loss of Jack Marshall, Dickens and his investigative team are determined to find the connection between financier Iron Billy and a cunning plot aimed at the heart of the country's financial system.

Charles Dickens....Dan Stevens

Agnes Paxton....Eleanor Howell

Daniel Parker....Andrew Buchan

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Mickey's Jim....Gerard Murphy

Iron Billy....John Rowe

Bank manager....Stephen Critchlow

Vicar....Chris Pavlo

Butler....Nyasha Hatendi

Commissionaire....Dan Starkey

Directed by David Hunter

By Mike Walker.

Dickens investigates a plot aimed at the country's financial system.

02The Man Who Robbed The Bank Of England2008061620091006
20120919 (BBC7)
20120920 (BBC7)
20141004 (BBC7)
20141005 (BBC7)

Mourning his reporter, Charles Dickens discovers an unexpected ally also wants justice.

Mourning his reporter, Charles Dickens discovers an unexpected ally also wants justice in a cunning plot. Stars Dan Stevens.

Mourning the loss of Jack Marshall, Dickens and his investigative team are determined to find the connection between financier Iron Billy and a cunning plot aimed at the heart of the country's financial system.

Charles Dickens....Dan Stevens

Agnes Paxton....Eleanor Howell

Daniel Parker....Andrew Buchan

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Mickey's Jim....Gerard Murphy

Iron Billy....John Rowe

Bank manager....Stephen Critchlow

Vicar....Chris Pavlo

Butler....Nyasha Hatendi

Commissionaire....Dan Starkey

Directed by David Hunter

By Mike Walker.

Dickens investigates a plot aimed at the country's financial system.

03Dickens And The Dandy - Dickens And Dizzy2008062320091013
20120920 (BBC7)
20120921 (BBC7)
20141011 (BBC7)
20141012 (BBC7)

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

In the weeks leading up to Queen Victoria's coronation, Dickens meets Benjamin Disraeli, a journalist and ambitious young politician. There is an instant rivalry and unease between the two men, which only increases when the team believe they have uncovered a secret that Disraeli wants to keep hidden.

Charles Dickens....Dan Stevens

Agnes Paxton....Eleanor Howell

Daniel Parker....Andrew Buchan

Benjamin Disraeli....Julian Rhind-tutt

William Percy....Bertie Carvel

Mary Anne Wyndham Lewis....Liz Sutherland

Lady Londonderry....Joan Walker

Rachel....Lydia Leonard

Official....Ben Crowe

Footman....Nyasha Hatendi

Archbishop....Dan Starkey

Speaker....Stephen Critchlow

Rabbi....Alan Lee

Directed by Tracey Neale.

Dickens meets Benjamin Disraeli, a journalist and ambitious young politician.

Charles Dickens meets Benjamin Disraeli, but what is the young politician's secret?

Charles Dickens meets Benjamin Disraeli sparking instant rivalry, but what is the young politician's secret? Stars Dan Stevens.

03Dickens And The Dandy - Dickens And Dizzy2008062320091013
20120920 (BBC7)
20120921 (BBC7)

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

In the weeks leading up to Queen Victoria's coronation, Dickens meets Benjamin Disraeli, a journalist and ambitious young politician. There is an instant rivalry and unease between the two men, which only increases when the team believe they have uncovered a secret that Disraeli wants to keep hidden.

Charles Dickens....Dan Stevens

Agnes Paxton....Eleanor Howell

Daniel Parker....Andrew Buchan

Benjamin Disraeli....Julian Rhind-Tutt

William Percy....Bertie Carvel

Mary Anne Wyndham Lewis....Liz Sutherland

Lady Londonderry....Joan Walker

Rachel....Lydia Leonard

Official....Ben Crowe

Footman....Nyasha Hatendi

Archbishop....Dan Starkey

Speaker....Stephen Critchlow

Rabbi....Alan Lee

Directed by Tracey Neale.

Dickens meets Benjamin Disraeli, a journalist and ambitious young politician.

Charles Dickens meets Benjamin Disraeli, but what is the young politician's secret?

Charles Dickens meets Benjamin Disraeli sparking instant rivalry, but what is the young politician's secret? Stars Dan Stevens.

04The Deal2008063020091020
20120921 (BBC7)
20120922 (BBC7)
20141018 (BBC7)
20141019 (BBC7)

Dickens battles to prove a timid doctor is not guilty of murdering his wealthy lover.

Money talks as Charles Dickens battles to prove a timid doctor is not guilty of murdering his wealthy lover. Stars Dan Stevens.

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

By Rob Kinsman.

When a timid doctor is accused of murdering his wealthy older lover, Dickens alone is convinced of his innocence. His journalistic team's investigations descend into the harsh territory of the debtors' prison. Everything, it seems, comes down to money.

Charles Dickens....Dan Stevens

Agnes Paxton....Eleanor Howell

Daniel Parker....Andrew Buchan

Brickman....Gerard McDermott

Harper....Stephen Critchlow

Blind Bill....John Rowe

Maria....Liz Sutherland

Dr Widdershins....Simon Treves

Prosecutor....Nyasha Hatendi

Turnkey....Dan Starkey

Judge....Chris Pavlo

Directed by David Hunter.

By Rob Kinsman. When a doctor is accused of murder, Dickens is convinced of his innocence.

When a timid doctor is accused of murdering his wealthy lover, Dickens alone is convinced of his innocence. His journalistic team's investigations descend into the harsh territory of the debtors' prison.

04The Deal2008063020091020
20120921 (BBC7)
20120922 (BBC7)

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

By Rob Kinsman.

When a timid doctor is accused of murdering his wealthy older lover, Dickens alone is convinced of his innocence. His journalistic team's investigations descend into the harsh territory of the debtors' prison. Everything, it seems, comes down to money.

Charles Dickens....Dan Stevens

Agnes Paxton....Eleanor Howell

Daniel Parker....Andrew Buchan

Brickman....Gerard McDermott

Harper....Stephen Critchlow

Blind Bill....John Rowe

Maria....Liz Sutherland

Dr Widdershins....Simon Treves

Prosecutor....Nyasha Hatendi

Turnkey....Dan Starkey

Judge....Chris Pavlo

Directed by David Hunter.

By Rob Kinsman. When a doctor is accused of murder, Dickens is convinced of his innocence.

When a timid doctor is accused of murdering his wealthy lover, Dickens alone is convinced of his innocence. His journalistic team's investigations descend into the harsh territory of the debtors' prison.

Dickens battles to prove a timid doctor is not guilty of murdering his wealthy lover.

Money talks as Charles Dickens battles to prove a timid doctor is not guilty of murdering his wealthy lover. Stars Dan Stevens.

05Murder In The Red Barn2008070720091027
20120925 (BBC7)
20120926 (BBC7)
20141025 (BBC7)
20141026 (BBC7)

Dan investigates a discovery in the Thames, while Charles Dickens has a royal audience.

Reporter Dan investigates a disturbing discovery in the Thames, while Charles Dickens has a royal audience. Stars Dan Stevens.

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

By Mike Walker.

When the body of a young baby is found floating on the River Thames, the Herald's chief correspondent Daniel Parker is given the task of finding out why.

While his investigations take him and Charles Dickens into the poverty stricken areas of the City, Agnes is in the thick of philanthropy and theatricals in Belgravia.

Charles Dickens....Dan Stevens

Agnes Paxton....Eleanor Howell

Daniel Parker....Andrew Buchan

Mr Dudman....Henry Goodman

Mrs Dudman....Joan Walker

Sarah....Liz Sutherland

Mrs Kindly....Helen Longworth

The Boatman....John Rowe

Equerry/Stallholder/PC....Chris Pavlo

Directed by Tracey Neale.

The body of a young baby is found floating on the River Thames.

05Murder In The Red Barn2008070720091027
20120925 (BBC7)
20120926 (BBC7)

Dan investigates a discovery in the Thames, while Charles Dickens has a royal audience.

Reporter Dan investigates a disturbing discovery in the Thames, while Charles Dickens has a royal audience. Stars Dan Stevens.

Series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.

By Mike Walker.

When the body of a young baby is found floating on the River Thames, the Herald's chief correspondent Daniel Parker is given the task of finding out why.

While his investigations take him and Charles Dickens into the poverty stricken areas of the City, Agnes is in the thick of philanthropy and theatricals in Belgravia.

Charles Dickens....Dan Stevens

Agnes Paxton....Eleanor Howell

Daniel Parker....Andrew Buchan

Mr Dudman....Henry Goodman

Mrs Dudman....Joan Walker

Sarah....Liz Sutherland

Mrs Kindly....Helen Longworth

The Boatman....John Rowe

Equerry/Stallholder/PC....Chris Pavlo

Directed by Tracey Neale.

The body of a young baby is found floating on the River Thames.

06 LASTWhy Are We In Afghanistan?2008071420091103
06 LASTWhy Are We In Afghanistan?2008071420091103
20120926 (BBC7)
20120927 (BBC7)

Agnes interviews the Russian Cavalry Maid, while Charles investigates the prospect of war.

Agnes interviews the Russian Cavalry Maid, while Charles Dickens investigates the prospect of war overseas. Stars Dan Stevens.

By Mike Walker.

Dickens and his team find themselves caught up in a web of espionage, intrigue and dark deeds at the Russian Embassy, culminating in a heroic balloon chase across the London skyline.

Charles Dickens....Dan Stevens

Agnes Paxton....Eleanor Howell

Daniel Parker....Andrew Buchan

Nadia Durova....Rachel Atkins

Alex Burns....Dan Starkey

Joseph Paxton....John Dougall

Bishop....John Rowe

Ivan Vitkovich....Chris Pavlo

Directed by Tracey Neale.

Dickens and his team find themselves in the midst of spies, intrigue and dark goings-on at the Russian Embassy, culminating in a heroic balloon chase across the London skyline.

By Mike Walker. Dickens and his team find themselves caught up in a web of espionage.

01Gangs Of London

03Dickens And Dizzy

04The Deal

05Murder In The Red Barn

06Why Are We In Afghanistan?