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Charles Dick­ens’s char­ac­ters come to life in a Vic­to­rian Lon­don neigh­bour­hood when cruel money­len­der Ja­cob Mar­ley (Peter Firth) is mur­dered on Christ­mas Eve in Dickensian (2015-2016).

The sin­gle-sea­son 1

se­ries was orig­i­nally 19 half-hour-long episodes and a 50-minute fi­nale, but BBC First is cram­ming it into 13 45-minute episodes.

In­spec­tor Bucket and 2

side­kick Mr Venus (Stephen Rea and Omid Djalili) think that the killer from episode 2 (28 Aug) is a strong man who mur­dered Mar­ley with a blunt ob­ject to the head. They’re wrong about one thing…

There’s com­edy re­lief 3

from non-stop squab­bling cou­ple Mr and Mrs Bum­ble (Richard Rid­ings and Caroline Quentin).

Arthur Hav­isham’s 4

(Joseph Quinn) up­set: his fa­ther left most of his for­tune to his sis­ter Amelia (Tup­pence Mid­dle­ton).

Turns out nice- guy 5

Bob (Robert Wil­fort) hated his boss Mar­ley… maybe enough to kill…

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