A Lighthearted, medium-budget British television show that would run 3 seasons but gain a small cult following. The premise: something like Lost in Austen, but in reverse, wherein each episode would feature a character or two from Dickens suddenly appearing in 21st c. London.
The characters’ appearance would always be presaged by something eerily anachronistic—but small—occurring to a contemporary character: a section of street torn up and so rough as to be almost impassable, pocked with little mud puddles and mysterious shadows; a tiny old woman in tattered lace is spied weeping to herself in a train station—etc. Our hapless modern Londoner bustles out of the rain into a charming coffee shop and apologizes for his/her lateness to waiting friends by describing (animatedly) what was just seen and exclaiming humorously, “it was downright Dickensian!” Then BLAMO! there’s Little Nell. Or Cousin Joe. Or Martha Cratchit.
Given the number of Dickens characters, this series could obviously continue much longer than its fated 3 seasons.