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Dickens work gets ending for TV

Charles Dickens's great unfinished work Edwin Drood is to be given a new ending in a major BBC adaptation.

The book - fully titled The Mystery Of Edwin Drood - was famously incomplete when the master writer died in 1870.

Now writer Gwyneth Hughes, whose TV successes have included Five Days, has completed Dickens's vision of the novel for a BBC Four drama to be screened later this year.

It forms part of a season of programmes on TV and radio to celebrate the printed word for the BBC's Year Of Books.

Dickens suffered a stroke while midway through writing Drood and died the following day, June 9 1870, having never regained consciousness.

However, a brief outline of the plot was relayed to to his friend and biographer John Forster.

Drood has previously been brought to life in a handful of movies, most recently in a 1993 version featuring Robert Powell.

The latest adaptation will also form part of a BBC-wide celebration, ahead of next year's 200th anniversary of the birth of Dickens.

It will also include a BBC One dramatisation of Great Expectations and Radio 4 versions of A Tale Of Two Cities and Martin Chuzzlewit.

The Year Of Books season will also include a new daytime chat series for BBC Two, My Life In Books, in which Anne Robinson will discuss the literary loves of a number of guests.

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