Monday, 22 February 2016

Missed opportunities...

I love a spot of Dickens as much as anyone and really enjoyed BBC's recent "Dickensian" with its fine cast and atmosphere......but I was so looking forward to seeing the bull terrier. This lovely dog featured in only 2 episodes of the 21 and then only briefly. Bill Sykes, it seems, usually left him at home.  Surely, they could have had it knocking over the bins in a back street, lapping beer in the alehouse, scuttling along gloomy Victorian thoroughfares - in fact a sighting in most episodes would have cheered the entire production along admirably. Even heavy snoring, a good street clearing bark or warning growl in the background would have done.

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