"As everybody knows," sings Charles Dickens, "I started writing prose."
Under the 19th-century facial hair is English actor and musician Mathew Baynton. He presents the life and works of Charles Dickens in a three-minute pop song that sounds like it might have come straight from a record by
The whole thing is from a sketch series for kids on British TV called "Horrible Histories." Which, in turn, is based on a bestselling kids book series -- also called, not surprisingly, "Horrible Histories." The books and TV show stretch from the Stone Age to the civil rights movement.
The song portrays Dickens' novels as autobiographical: Little Nell in "The Old Curiosity Shop" was his sister-in-law, the song tells us; "Little Dorrit" about his father in debtor's jail; "