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The Personal History of David Copperfield

From 24th January 2020

Director: Armando Iannucci

Starring: Dev Patel, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Laurie, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Peter Capaldi, Rosalind Eleazar, Tilda Swinton

Rating: PG

UK 2019, 120mins

Adapting one of Charles Dickens’ most beloved characters, Armando Iannucci and regular co-writer Simon Blackwell have created a crowd pleasing Victorian-set epic that feels very modern, fresh and funny.

Following Copperfield from early youth through to middle age, the story traces his social awakening, charting huge personal ups and downs as he witnesses the best and worst of humanity. Dickens’ ‘favourite child’ amongst his works, the plot also tackles social injustice in many forms – a lack of protection for children, poor industrial conditions for the working class, and wealth inequality. So, who better to tackle this tale than Iannucci, the genius behind The Thick of It, In the Loop, Veep and The Death of Stalin. His work has peeled back the hypocrisy of the ruling and political class with such unfettered enthusiasm and biting comic acuity.

"It's very modern': Armando Iannucci rips up rules with Dickens adaption" - Lanre Bakare - The Guardian.