February 7, 2012, marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, the Victorian age novelist whose immense popularity in his lifetime has not diminished in the two centuries since his birth. Over the years, some of his novels have proven to be more popular to Hollywood producers than others -- for every 10 adaptations of "A Christmas Carol" there's one "Little Dorrit." But Dickens' penchant for twisty plots and memorable characters has made his work irresistible for adapters. That doesn't necessarily mean that every adaptation has been a letter-perfect re-creation for "Masterpiece Theatre." With Dickens' work in the public domain, there's been lots of leeway for creative interpretation. What follows are some of the more unique takes on the world of Charles Dickens.
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