With efforts much too convoluted to explain, I was able to get a copy of the 10-part series, though it wasn't shown in the United States. The program was gloriously wonderful, and you can read my original, detailed piece about it here.
I bring this up again for a particular reason.
At the time, I wrote that I hoped the series would become available on Netflix or perhaps shown on BBC America. Why this magnificent series hasn't made it to BBC America is beyond me. But good news! You can stream the series now if you have an Amazon Prime account.
The direct link to the series on Amazon Prime is here.
Know that you do not have to know Dickens at all to enjoy the series, even any of those iconic characters. It's written so the murder mystery, gothic romances, business intrigues, family conflicts and comic interludes stand on their own. If you do know Dickens, it just adds more fun to the goings-on. (I found that what helped, too, is that after an episode, if I didn't know who a character was, I'd just jot down the name and look it up online, and then would know the connection for the rest of the series. Or even easier, you can check out the show's page on Wikipedia which has a convenient sort of "Who's who" chart here.)
Here's the trailer, followed by an extended scene. Neither does the series justice, the trailer focusing mostly on the murder mystery and Big Dark Drama, and the whole show itself is far more graceful and vibrant, even at times funny. But this trailer is attention-getting. It also gives away the murder victim (as does the following scene), so if you don't want to know, then skip them. But really, there's no reason not to know, especially since you learn who is killed within about 15 minutes of the start. (Side note: I actually was able to guess who the victim would be, and was giddy with joy that I not only was right, but the cleverness of who it was.)
And here is a longer scene. It largely involves the Bumbles, who are relatively minor characters in the series, but the clip gives you a better sense of the quality of the writing and acting. So, for those reasons I think it's worthwhile to include.