Its creator, the 'Eastenders' writer Tony Jordan, tells Ian Burrell why Dickens would have approved of weaving together 25 of the novelist's best-loved characters into one 20-part series
Self-indulgent, partisan and not-so-definitive, this British short-story collection is still enjoyable
Fleet Street has been closed in both directions
Jonathan Coe's new state-of-the-nation novel offers both optimism and dystopia
The Independent's film critic selects the ten best festive flicks
In Neil Bartlett’s staging of Great Expectations at Bristol Old Vic, you hear the story more than watch it. The chains of the convict, the hammering of the blacksmith, the unhinged humming of Miss Havisham are as much a part of the characters as the costume, expression and lines.
A new report has claimed a third of British people do not know the author of Great Expectations. It's Charles Dickens, by the way.
A biography that reveals the yin and yang of Victorian moral life – and a literary friendship
Probe into Stuart Hall affair will add to costs
Where are you now and what can you see?
The London townhouse where Charles Dickens penned "Oliver Twist" and fathered two of his 10 children has just reopened after a 3.1 million pound ($5 million) facelift as the climax of the bicentenary of his birth.
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The Bloomsbury-based property has been stripped of as many modern features as possible and filled with the writer's possessions
As the 314m Shard opens to sightseers (for £25 a time) Tom Peck tests the lifts – and his nerve
A thrilling story of deprivation that shows off the bravura versatility of its author
More than 800 writers, commentators and thinkers from 44 countries make up this year's festival, among them Nobel laureates, Booker and Pulitzer prize winners and poets laureate.