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Telling Tales of Dickens - Eastgate House to feature in TV drama

Date: 05/06/2008           Category: Tourism

Charles Dickens' Chalet at Eastgate House, Rochester will feature in a new television drama-documentary to be screened on Channel 4. As part of the Victorian Passions season, the programme Dickens' Secret Lover will examine the private life of the literary giant, in which he abandons his wife for a long lasting affair with a very young actress. The programme is presented by actor Charles Dance, who takes on the role of detective and questions five Dickens' experts on how the affair affected the author's writing and his public character. Key scenes will be dramatised featuring Dickens (played by David Haig) and his secret life with actress Nelly (Amy Shiels). The Swiss Chalet, in which Dickens wrote his last words, was a present from a French actor friend. It was originally constructed in the grounds of Dickens' home at Gad's Hill before moving to Cobham Hall in Gravesend, where the recent BBC series Bleak House was filmed. Dickens' Secret Lover was filmed on location both at Rochester and at Margate's Theatre Royal. It will be screened on Channel 4 on Monday, 16 June at 9pm. For further information please contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk