A 5 x 45 minute drama, penned by Joy Wilkinson (Land Girls, Doctors) will update the story with issues facing modern Britain.
Swapping it’s boarding school setting for a care home, The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby, will highlight the current hot potato of care for the elderly.
Nick is sent to work at a care home by his uncle Ralph after the death of his father, but soon uncovers abuse and mistreatment of the residents.
He befriends and rescues the confused Mrs Smike, hitting back against corruption, while also falling in love with single mum Madhi.
The BBC said the adaptation would “invite audiences to reflect on how the vulnerable suffer when the pursuit of profit is valued more than human kindness – just as Dickens did”.
Daytime controller Liam Keelan has commissioned the run that will go into production in Northern Ireland in June.
Transmission is scheduled for the autumn, when it will be stripped across a week.
“Nick Nickleby is a clever reworking of the Dickens classic,” said Keelan. “While retaining the wit of the original story, it has a contemporary feel, which I’m sure will prove popular with viewers.”
Gerard Melling will be exec producer for the BBC alongside Anne Brogan and Melanie Stokes for Kindle.
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