Great Expectations (2023 TV series)

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Great Expectations
Genre Historical fiction
Based on Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens
Written by Steven Knight
Directed byBrady Hood & Samira Radsi
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
Running time58 minutes
Production companies
Original network
Picture format 2:1 1080p
Audio format Stereo
Original release26 March (2023-03-26) 
30 April 2023 (2023-04-30)

Great Expectations is a Historical fiction developed by Steven Knight, based on the novel by Charles Dickens. It premiered on BBC One on 26 March 2023, [1] followed by its USA premiere on FX on Hulu later the same day. [2]



Great Expectations is the coming-of-age story of Pip, an orphan who yearns for a greater lot in life, until a twist of fate and the evil machinations of the mysterious and eccentric "Miss Havisham" shows him a dark world of possibilities. Under the great expectations placed upon him, Pip will have to work out the true cost of this new world and whether it will truly make him the man he wishes to be. A damning critique of the class system, Dickens' novel was published in 1861 after first release in weekly chapters in December 1860. [3]



No.Title [4] Directed byWritten byOriginal release date [4] BBC One broadcast [5] UK viewers
1"Episode 1"Brady Hood Steven Knight 26 March 2023 (2023-03-26)26 March 20234.51
2"Episode 2"Brady HoodSteven Knight2 April 2023 (2023-04-02)2 April 20233.38
3"Episode 3"Brady HoodSteven Knight9 April 2023 (2023-04-09)9 April 20232.87
4"Episode 4"Brady HoodSteven Knight16 April 2023 (2023-04-16)16 April 2023TBD
5"Episode 5"Samira RadsiSteven Knight23 April 2023 (2023-04-23)23 April 2023TBD
6"Episode 6"Samira RadsiSteven Knight30 April 2023 (2023-04-30)30 April 2023TBD


Knight announced in May 2020 that he would develop a television series adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel in collaboration between the BBC and FX, his second after 2019's A Christmas Carol . [6]

In February 2022, the cast for the series was announced, with Olivia Colman cast as Miss Havisham, and Fionn Whitehead cast as Pip. [7] Filming began by March 2022, with production taking place at Buckler's Hard, Hampshire on 30 March. [8]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes , 39% of 28 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.5/10.The website's consensus reads: "Even with the inestimable Olivia Colman as a ringer, Steven Knight 's try-hard reimagining of Dickens ' masterwork falls well below expectations." [9] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 52 out of 100 based on 17 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". [10]

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