'Commissioned by Film London and BBC Radio 4 , in celebration of the Double Centenary of Charles Dickens birth. I was asked to make 5 x 15 minute films using as their soundtracks , pre-recorded radio plays directed by Jeremy Mortimer and written by Michael Eaton, broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The resulting plays, in which I had no hand were very traditional. So I made my imagery an ironic counterpoint to the audio and used a collage of live action, animation and puppets to embody the voices. Other material was sourced from the very fabric of London, the Thames, Smithfields Meat Market as well as details collected from the Museum of London, the V and A Museum of Childhood and the Police Museums at Wapping and Chatham. I also decided Dickens world would be created using the very books themselves, so the puppets made by Gavin Glover, had their flesh literally created from old volumes of Great Expectations and the like.