Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The BBC to Produce New Adaptation of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
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The BBC is reporting that a screenplay for a made-for-television adaptation of the unfinished classic novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens has been completed by Gwyneth Hughes, who has also penned a new ending.

Dickens died in 1870 before completing the book, leaving the ending intriguingly ambiguous -- though he reportedly gave his friend and biographer John Forster a brief outline of the story, which recounts the troubled romance of Rosa Bud and the book's titular character, who later vanishes. Was Drood murdered, and if so by whom? All clues point to John Jasper, Drood's lugubrious uncle, who coveted Rosa. Or did Drood orchestrate his own disappearance?

The adaption forms part of a season of programs to air later this year on TV and radio to celebrate the printed word for the BBC's Year Of Books.

You can read the first chapter(s) of The Mystery of Edwin Drood below:


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