Event 120

BBC Radio 4: Start the Week

Dickens in the 21st Century

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The world today – what would Dickens say? Barbara Kingsolver talks to Tom Sutcliffe about her retelling of David Copperfield: her eponymous hero must struggle to survive amid America’s opioid crisis. Michael Rosen has imagined his own modern Oliver Twist and reflects on the unspoken grief and trauma of recent years. And while Natalie Haynes’s favourite Dickens adaptation is The Muppet Christmas Carol, she explores how the telling and retelling of stories and ancient myths shines a light on our contemporary world.

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