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Olivia Colman leads the cast for Steven Knight's BBC adaptation of Great Expectations

She'll star as Miss Havisham in the new six-part adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.

Photo credit: Chris Baker

Starring alongside Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham will be Fionn Whitehead as Pip as well as Ashley Thomas, Johnny Harris, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Hayley Squires, Owen McDonnell, Trystan Gravelle and Matt Berry.

Great Expectations is the coming-of-age story of an orphan nicknamed Pip. Dickens first released it in a series of weekly chapters beginning in December 1860 before it was subsequently published as a novel.

Steven Knight, who created Peaky Blinders, will write and executive produce Great Expectations, which will also be executive produced by Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi for the BBC.

Great Expectations will be produced by FX Productions in association with the BBC and is the second Dickens adaptation penned by Knight, following the hit limited series A Christmas Carol and are the first two in a series of adaptations of Dickens’ novels commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of Drama and Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer at the BBC, and FX.

Great Expectations will air on the BBC


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