Actor Edward Petherbridge reading Dickens
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Dickens's London: Prison to the pub

Today marks the bicentenary of the birth of Victorian author Charles Dickens.

Many of Dickens's novels were influenced by the people and places he encountered in Southwark, south-east London.

In 1824, the rest of his family were sent to Marshalsea debtor's prison. The young Charles moved into lodgings in Lant Street, just around the corner from the prison.

The surviving wall of the prison adjoins St George the Martyr church. Dickens set several scenes of his novel Little Dorrit in and around the church.

Borough High Street is home to one of the only surviving galleried coaching inns in the borough, The George. Dickens frequented the inn, and it is also mentioned in his writings.

Actor Edward Petherbridge and Dr Tony Williams, associate editor of The Dickensian, take us on a tour of these landmarks in Dickens's life.

Produced by the BBC's Claudia Redmond and Susannah Reid

  • 07 Feb 2012