Inspector Bucket: A Dickensian Detective

  • Justyna Jajszczok


In the BBC’s Dickensian (2015–2016) its creator Tony Jordan constructed a world in which characters from a number of Charles Dickens’s works interact with each other on a number of planes. The governing story arc is Inspector Bucket’s investigation of the murder of Jacob Marley. Although unequivocally Dickensian with his idiosyncratic deportment and familiar speech patterns, in Jordan’s interpretation, Bucket appears emphatically modern. The aim of this chapter is to compare the two Buckets: the original created by Charles Dickens in Bleak House and his retold version presented in the BBC’s Dickensian, to try to answer the question whether the modern Bucket is exclusively Jordan’s invention or if the contemporary traits exhibited by the Inspector are already present in the literary original.


Bleak House Charles Dickens Dickensian Fanfiction Inspector Bucket Tony Jordan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Justyna Jajszczok
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  1. 1.University of Silesia in KatowiceKatowicePoland

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