This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Dickensian Series 2 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. Unfortunately, BBC One has officially canceled the series. There will be no Series 2.
Production information and plot
Dickensian is a new British historical drama series that premiered on BBC One on Boxing Day, December 26, 2015. It was produced by Red Planet Pictures, written by Tony Jordan, Sarah Phelps, SImon Winstone, Julie Rutterford & Justin Young and consists of twenty 30-minute parts. Polly Hill and Tony Jordan serve as executive producers for the program.
Charles Dickens` best-loved characters come together in the authors` attempt to re-imagine the classic novels for a new century. A lighter look at the world inhabited by the characters of very serious works is aimed at attracting a whole new generation of people who might not even be familiar with the plots of the novels. There is a wealth of characters from Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Bleak House, Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop – and that`s not even a complete list – all craftily picked out of their elaborate stories and woven into a different one. The story does get a bit murky from the abundance of characters with rich backgrounds of their own.
Current season and renewal predictions
The series is among the most ambitious works ever undertaken by BBC, and there was a whole block of 27 two-story buildings built to house all of the characters as well as the Three Cripples Pub and Old Curiosity Shop. This large-scale production`s two-episode premiere excelled with a 5 million audience and a 25% share for the first episode, and 4.3 million viewers and a 20% share for the second one. If the series doesn`t lose its momentum over the course of a rather long season, a renewal should be in store for the program.
UPDATED April 21, 2016: Some unfortunate news for the fans of the period BBC drama Dickensian, who were hoping for more. The network has confirmed the cancelation of the series after the first chapter, adding that it was a difficult decision to make and that they were indeed very happy with the first series. Dickensian is one of the largest-scale projects ever undertaken by BBC, but the viewership has fallen throughout the course of the first series from 5 million viewers for the premiere to 2 million by February, aking the production budget very burdensome.