Acclaimed British actress, and life-long Dickens enthusiast, Miriam Margolyes embarks on a literary road movie to tell the largely unknown story of Charles Dickens passionate and controversial relationship with America and Canada.
From The White House to West Point, Dickens visited and wrote about all of American life, money and manners, press and prisons, slavery, corruption, greed, politics and religion in 1842. Margolyes takes the 4,000 mile odyssey to find out how much - and how little - has changed in North America in the intervening 160 years.
Miriams adventure takes her across the Atlantic to New York on the Queen Mary 2. She then follows the route of Dickens from state prisons to city courtrooms; from the tobacco plantations of the South, via the last of the great Mississippi River Boats to the Dickens - themed tea-parties in New England. After a number of fascinating encounters, she arrives in Philadelphia to find a city unnaturally obsessed with the great author before venturing over America s northern border to meet Canadian Victoriana collectors.
Finally, she returns to New York to perform a little part of her adventure to an audience at the Lincoln Centre. Interspersing history, travelogue and interviews, Dickens in America offers a fascinating and witty insight into Charles Dickens love/hate relationship with North America and paints a personal and revealing portrait of modern day USA.
Release Date: 30 July 2012
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification