Video: Charles Dickens

Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate, visits 48 Doughty St, the elegant townhouse in London where Dickens and his family once lived.

Now a museum, Michael looks at how the house could have inspired characters from Dickens' Christmas classic A Christmas Carol and views memorabilia from the time it was written.

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  • The Reves Tale / The Reeve's Tale (Geoffrey Chaucer) 
  • The Ballad of Barbara Allen
  • Queen Elizabeth's Speech at Tilbury
  • Sonnet 18 (William Shakespeare)
  • God Save the Queen
  • A Modest Proposal (Jonathan Swift)
  • Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
  • The Chartist Outbreak
Charles Dickes (Copyright: Scanpix)Charles Dickes (Copyright: Scanpix)

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