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A Christmas Carol (1977)

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas, but then gets a visit from his companion Jacob Marley, who has been dead for seven years. He urges Scrooge to change his life.

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Moira Armstrong

Writers:

Charles Dickens (short story), Elaine Morgan (dramatised by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hordern ... Scrooge
John Le Mesurier ... Marley's Ghost
Bernard Lee ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Patricia Quinn ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Paul Copley ... Fred
Clive Merrison ... Bob Cratchit
Carol MacReady ... Mrs. Cratchit
Maev Alexander Maev Alexander ... Fred's Wife
Zoë Wanamaker ... Belle
Stephen Churchett ... John
Will Stampe Will Stampe ... Fezziwig
Christopher Biggins ... Topper
Tricia George ... Little Blonde
John Salthouse ... Scrooge as a Young Man
Veronica Doran Veronica Doran ... Caroline
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Storyline

It's the end of December and professional miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Sir Michael Hordern) absolutely despises this time of the year. He thinks Christmas is all a humbug. He doesn't buy his nephew's talk of Christmas being a kind time, thinks it's absolute madness his servant Bob Cratchit (Clive Merrison) wants a day off and sends away collectors of donations for the poor penniless. It's also the time of the year in which his companion Jacob Marley (John Le Mesurier) died seven years ago. When he is all alone, he suddenly sees Marley again, in the door handle, in a tile, a bell suddenly rings. Humbug, thinks Scrooge. But then Marley really appears for him and tells him he should change his life. He warns Scrooge he will be haunted by three spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past (Patricia Quinn), the Ghost of Christmas Present (Bernard Lee), and the Ghost of Christmas Future (Michael Mulcaster). Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Drama | Fantasy

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Trivia

Sir Michael Hordern (Ebenezer Scrooge) previously played Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol (1951) and A Christmas Carol (1971). See more »

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Version of The Virtue of Rags (1912) See more »

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Low on budget and sparkle
23 December 2013 | by smerphSee all my reviews

Spending your time spotting actors you've seen in other stuff may hold the key to making it through this rather lifeless adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Michael Horden makes a reasonable Scrooge but the surrounding production lets him down as it's clear that this suffers from a thin budget. Using drawings rather than actual sets may have a quaint charm in children's television, but here it just draws attention to how Scrooge-like the BBC must have been when they commissioned it.

There are plenty of Christmas Carols on IMDb. This one isn't horrendous, but it's certainly forgettable.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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