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Felt like the product of a night in the pub: BBC1’s Great Expectations reviewed

8 April 2023

9:00 AM

8 April 2023

9:00 AM

Great Expectations


By now a genuinely radical way to turn a Victorian novel into a TV drama would be to take that novel and turn it into a TV drama. But while we wait for someone to do it, Great Expectations stays true to the current ideals of junking large parts of the source material and infecting what remains with the neuroses of our own age – thereby demonstrating once again the strange modern neediness to believe in our superiority to all those benighted bigots who came before us.

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