BBC join forces with Tom Hardy for new Charles Dickens adaptations

'Peaky Blinders' creator Steven Knight is also at the helm

The BBC have joined forces with Tom Hardy and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight for a series of new Charles Dickens adaptations.

The first adaptation set for the small screen is of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, leading to some speculation that Hardy may join the cast in the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge.

A Christmas Carol is set to be made up of three 60-minute episodes, but won’t emerge until Christmas 2019.

“Any question about narrative storytelling is answered by Dickens,” says Knight of the source material. “To have the chance to revisit the text and interpret in a new way is the greatest privilege.”

Meanwhile, Tom Hardy said the project was “extremely exciting”, noting that “A Christmas Carol is a fabulous magical piece of theatre and an embarrassment of riches for our creative team – from character all the way through to design.

“Here’s to having a lot of intricate and wonderful fun. We feel very lucky.”

Peaky Blinder season 4 kicked off this month, with Harvey Weinstein’s name removed from the credits, as the production card of ‘The Weinstein Company’ no longer appears at the end of each episode. Not only that, but it is claimed that they’ll be retroactively removing it from past seasons too.

The decision is said to have been made by producer Caryn Mandabach Productions and distributor Endemol Shine International. TWC are said to be aware of the move in the wake of Weinstein being sacked  following the barrage of sexual assault accusations made against him. He is now facing a criminal investigation in both the UK and the US.