While BBC One viewers will get an early Christmas present to unwrap, fear not, PBS faithful, the upcoming BBC production of the Charles Dickens classic, Great Expectations, is scheduled to premiere as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series in Spring 2012. The classic novel will be the centerpiece of both the Beeb’s and PBS’ bicentenary celebration of Charles Dickens in 2012.
Headed by Gillian Anderson, the all-star cast also features Ray Winstone (Magwitch) and David Suchet (Mr. Jaggers). While the world will forever remember Anderson as Agent Scully in The X-Files, PBS viewers will also remember Anderson from another Dickens classic and her portrayal of Lady Dedlock in the 2005 BBC adaptation of Bleak House.
Great Expectations will be the centerpiece of the traditional blockbuster BBC line-up on Christmas Day while PBS viewers in the U.S. will get a chance to see beginning Sunday, April 1, 2012.