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Wednesday 16 April 2014

What the Dickens! Stars film classic novel

THE hardship of Charles Dickens's Victorian London is being recreated by an all-star cast in murky haunts around Dublin.

Famous landmarks, including Christ Church Cathedral, have provided the backdrop for a film based on 'The Old Curiosity Shop'.

Derek Jacobi as the grandfather and Toby Jones as the villainous Quilp are among the stars who have travelled to Dublin for the five-week shoot.

Costume designer Lorna Marie Mugan, from Co Fermanagh, who worked on 'Middletown' and 'Inside I'm Dancing', was charged with creating authentic Victorian clothing.

Jacobi and Bradley Walsh (who played Danny Baldwin in 'Coronation Street') have just finished night scenes in the cathedral.

Other actors starring in the two-hour film, which will be shown on ITV later this year, include Zoe Wanamaker, Martin Freeman, Steve Pemberton, Anna Madeley and Gina McKee.

The one-off drama, which received funding from the Irish Film Board, will also star Irish actress Charlene McKenna, Adrian Rawlins and Adam Godley.

BAFTA award-winning director Brian Percival is behind the cameras for the shoot, which will finish filming in June.

Sophie Vavassuer was given the central part of 13-year-old Nell Trent after auditions were held in London.

The drama tells of Nell, who lives with her grandfather in his shop of curiosities. However, he ends up heavily in debt after borrowing from loan shark Quilp and they end up on the run.

The production crew will be joined by Dublin-based Element Film's Andrew Lowe, who recently worked on the award-winning film, 'Garage'.

Our picture shows Derek Jacobi (left) and Bradley Walsh on set.

LOUISE HOGAN

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