Olivia Colman, Matt Berry to star in BBC’s Great Expectations
James R | On 18, Feb 2022
Olivia Colman and Matt Berry are among the star names lining up for BBC One’s new take on Great Expectations.
Colman will star as Miss Havisham alongside Fionn Whitehead, Ashley Thomas, Johnny Harris, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Hayley Squires, Owen McDonnell, Trystan Gravelle and Berry.
Great Expectations is the coming-of-age story of an orphan nicknamed Pip. Dickens first released it in a series of weekly chapters beginning in December 1860 before it was subsequently published as a novel.
A co-production between the BBC and FX, the six-part drama is written by Steven Knight. Knight will also executive produce Great Expectations, alongside Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi for the BBC.
It is the second Dickens adaptation penned by Knight, following the hit limited series A Christmas Carol. They are the first two in a series of adaptations of Dickens’ novels commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of Drama and Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer at the BBC, and FX. The BBC and FX also produced the acclaimed drama series Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, written by Steven Knight and produced by Knight, Hardy, Chips Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker and Kate Crowe.