BBC to finish Charles Dickens’s “Edwin Drood”

Writer Gwyneth Hughes has completed The Mystery of Edwin Drood for a BBC Four drama, to be screened later this year.

Dickens failed to finish the story before he died in 1870, and its adaption forms part of a season of programmes on TV and radio to celebrate the printed word for the BBC’s Year Of Books.

BBC director of vision Jana Bennett said of the season:

“Since the BBC’s first broadcast in 1922, a key part of our role has been to impart knowledge through programmes that inform, educate and entertain.

“What better than to share the pages of our most treasured cultural asset with BBC audiences than through a year of programming that celebrates the BBC’s vast collection of books programmes, both historic and new.”

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