Charles Dickens

Everything you need to know about Great Expectations

What’s Great Expectations about?

Based on Dickens’ famous novel of the same name, Great Expectations tells the Victorian coming-of-age story of orphan Pip and his journey transcending his low social class.

The period drama is true to the original story. After Pip meets the mysterious and gothic Miss Havisham, he is catapulted into a high-society London where his life transforms. A tale of love, loyalty and wealth, the story follows Pip from childhood through to his adult years.

First look images of Olivia Colman in Steven Knight's Great Expectations released

Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham and Fionn Whitehead as Pip (Credit: BBC)

The first look images for the BBC six-part limited series sees Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham with Fionn Whitehead as Pip and Shalom Brune-Franklin as Estella. 

Steven Knight will write and executive produce the series, which will also be executive produced by Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott. 

Great Expectations tells the coming of age story and education of an orphan named Pip who dreams of becoming a gentleman. 

Watch: Trailer for BBC One's new Dickensian drama

Dickensian, Tony Jordan, Caroline Quentin, Stephen Rea, Pauline Collins

The 20-part series is due to launch over Christmas and is written by former EastEnders writer and Hustle creator Tony Jordan.  

The show features some of Charles Dickens’ most popular characters living and interacting on one street. Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s business partner from A Christmas Carol, has been murdered and Inspector Bucket (Stephen Rea, The Honourable Woman) is sent to investigate. 

Profile: Armando Iannucci, writer, producer, director, performer

Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci, best known for creating hit political comedies The Thick of It and Veep, began his comedy career while at university, appearing in two revues at the Edinburgh Fringe.

He entered working life at the BBC where he served as a radio producer on shows such as Just a Minute and Week Ending.

It was here that he met the likes of Chris Morris, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Front, creating On the Hour, a satirical show that parodied news broadcasting and where Coogan debuted his notorious Alan Partridge character.