Steven Knight and Tom Hardy return to BBC One for Great Expectations
Staff Reporter | On 14, May 2020
Steven Knight and Tom Hardy are returning to BBC One for a new adaptation of Great Expectations.
The series will be the second Dickens adaptation from Peaky Blinders creator Knight, who brought A Christmas Carol to the Beeb and FX in the US for Christmas last year – bagging an audience of 7.8 million in the UK for its opening episode. Knight will write and exec-produce the Great Expectations series alongside executive producers Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker and Kate Crowe.
BBC One and FX have ordered six episodes, retelling the familiar 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 published as a novel.
Knight says: “Adapting Dickens’ work is a delight. I chose Great Expectations as the next work to bring to the screen not just because of the timeless characters, but also because of the very timely story. A story of class mobility and class intransigence, told through an intensely emotional and personal first-person narrative. As the son of a Blacksmith myself, Pip’s journey from the forge into society is a very special one to me.”
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, adds: “Great Expectations is the second in Steven Knight’s series of Dickens adaptations and the perfect choice given its timely and personal narrative. His original take on one of Britain’s most loved classics will make it must see drama for a whole new generation.”
Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol are the first two in a series of adaptations of Dickens’ novels, commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and produced with FX Productions. The BBC and FX also produced the acclaimed drama series Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, written by Steven Knight and produced by Knight, Tom Hardy, Chips Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker and Kate Crowe.