Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is teaming up again with his Taboo and A Christmas Carol collaborators on a new adaptation. He will be adapting Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations. Knight will write and be the executive producer of the six-part BBC One/FX limited series.
The base plot
High Expectation is a famous coming-of-age story of an orphan nicknamed Pip. Dickens first released it in a serialized form as weekly chapters beginning in December 1860. And then, it was subsequently published as a novel. Previously filmed adaptations included a 2012 feature from Mike Newell and a BBC/PBS series in 2011.
Knight is a known Dickens fan. As per Deadline, a couple of years back, that part of what sets Peaky Blinders apart from other period drama owes something to the 19th-century author. Knight further said that If one were to hope to aspire to do what Dickens did, it would be to take working-class life and make it relative to fiction.
It is well known that Dickens is famous for writing about the working class of the cities in his novels like Oliver Twist, Hard Times, and others.
The Adaptation by Knight
Knight said that today adapting Dickens’ work is a delight. He chose Great Expectations as the next work to bring to the screens, not just because of the timeless characters. But also because of the very timely story.
It is a story of class mobility told through an intensely emotional and personal narrative. The narrative style used is the first-person narrative. He further added that as the son of a Blacksmith himself, Pip’s journey from the forge into society is an extraordinary one to him.
High Expectations will be Knight’s second adaptation of the writer’s works. It will follow his last year’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol. That limited series launched during the holidays and garnered 7.8M viewers.
Meanwhile, Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, calls Great Expectations the perfect choice given its timely and personal narrative. Further, Knight’s original take on one of Britain’s most-loved classics will make it must-see drama for a whole new generation.