‘Peaky Blinders’ writer is adapting ‘Great Expectations’ for BBC

A new adaptation of Great Expectations has been announced.

Charles Dickens’ thirteenth novel was originally published in 1861.

The six-part period drama has been commissioned by the BBC and FX, from the makers of last year’s A Christmas Carol mini-series.

Once again, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight will write and executive produce the new limited series, alongside producers Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and Tom Hardy (Taboo).

A Christmas Carol captured an audience of 7.8 million viewers last December and received mostly positive reviews.

The all-star cast included Guy Pearce (Mary Queen of Scots), Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), and Stephen Graham (Line of Duty).

The coming-of-age story of an orphan nicknamed Pip, Great Expectations is expected to begin filming in England later this year.

Writer Steven Knight commented: “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, added: “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 will air in 2021 on FX in the US and on BBC One in the UK.

A Christmas Carol is available to watch on Amazon Prime.