The Charles Dickens Show will be televised in the early morning hours of March 29, 2012 via BBC Two. The starter episode will begin on 03:00 with the first three episodes following through until 04:00. The last episode will be on on March 30, 2012 from 03:30-03:50. All instalments have a duration of 20 minutes. Each of them is made to look like a chat show which is broadcast live from the 19th century, starring Charles Dickens as a host. He was vain, quick-witted, and a terrific performer. Here in the 21st century, Charles Dickens would have been the supreme chat show host - which is exactly what he becomes in the Learning Zone's contribution to the 200th anniversary of his birth.

With a nod to popular magazine programmes like The One Show - and recorded in its London studio - The Charles Dickens Show sees the celebrated author interview A-list guests of the Victorian era like reformers Lord Shaftsbury and Dr Thomas Barnardo, nurses Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, and even Queen Victoria herself.

What was life really like for Victorians? The Charles Dickens Show bursts with shocks, laughs and fascinating facts. Dickens, his roving reporter Nelly and a string of famous guests telly-port us back into a world that's dirty, dangerous and often deeply strange. Special reports include a video diary shot undercover by an orphan in a workhouse; interviews with mudlarks and purefinders on London's mean streets; Ask The Doctors, where Joseph Lister takes on the traditionalists; and Mrs Beeton's guide to Christmas Day.

In the first episode, The Workhouse, Dickens is joined by fundraising virtuoso Doctor Thomas Barnardo to discuss the Victorian phenomenon of the workhouse. He hears from Billy, an orphan who has lived in one for two years, and chief cook Mrs Burble takes him through a typical workhouse menu.

In the second episode, Health, Dickens is joined by Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale to discuss Victorian health. With a report on cholera from Doctor John Snow, and 'Ask The Doctors', in which upstart Doctor Joseph Lister takes on the medical establishment.

In the third episode, Child Labour, Charles Dickens and reforming peer Lord Shaftesbury discuss child labour. With a location report from the streets of London, where young children ply their trades, questions from Ragged School kids, and an interview with a dastardly factory owner.

In this final episode, Christmas, Charles Dickens is joined by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to discuss the Victorian Christmas. With Mrs Beeton's survival guide to the Christmas kitchen, and a 'Top Three Christmas Presents' countdown for rich and poor children, introduced by Scrooge and Tiny Tim.

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