A series of Charles Dickens famous novels has been commissioned by BBC One and will be adapted by Steven Knight, the writer of Peaky Blinders and Taboo.
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.
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.