TV A Christmas Carol, A (BBC 1977, Michael Hordern, John Le Mesurier) Published 7 months ago on November 4, 2018 The quintessential Christmas story and the quintessential TV version of it. Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol has been one of cinema’s favourites for years, most notably with Alastair Sim’s 1951 version and the Albert Finney musical of the late sixties, but it’s this hour long BBC version is also a stand out. First broadcast Christmas Eve 1977 this is a classic simply told version of the story, all shot on video like the best BBC productions of the seventies to give it that nostalgically real feel. Michael Hordern is Ebenezer Scrooge – that miser who finds nothing but ‘Bah Humbug’ to say about Christmas but after being visited by a series of ghosts on Christmas Eve he learns the error of his ways just in time to but the biggest turkey in the shop for his downtrodden employees, especially Bill Cratchit and his family. Very, very good and a great way to get you into the proper Christmas spirit, A Christmas Carol features some great playing by some of the greats of British acting. The production also captures that wonderful, foggy, cold Victorian winter atmosphere a treat, not bad for a studio bound piece. Despite its quite short running time ACC manages to stay remarkably true to Dickens’ text. Previously done in the early 1950’s with Bransby Williams as Scrooge. production details UK | BBC | 1×60 minutes | Broadcast 24 December 1977 Writer: Elaine Morgan Novel: Charles Dickens Music: Sam Barclay Costume Design: Barbara Kidd Production Design: Barry Newbery Producer: Jonathan Powell Director: Moira Armstrong cast Michael Hordern as Ebenezer Scrooge Clive Merrison as Bob Cratchit Maev Alexander as Fred’s Wife Christopher Biggins as Topper June Brown as Mrs Dilber Timothy Chasin as Tiny Tim Cratchit Stephen Churchett as John Zelah Clarke as Marthur Cratchit Paul Copley as Fred Veronica Doran as Caroline John Grillo as Caroline’s Husband Dorian Healy as Schoolboy Scrooge Nicholas John as Dick Wilkins Bernard Lee as The Ghost of Christmas Present John Le Mesurier as Marley Carol MacReady as Mrs Cratchit Claire McLellan as Belinda Cratchit Michael Mulcaster as The Ghost of Christmas Future Patricia Quinn as Ghost of Christmas Past John Ringham as Charity Gentleman David Ronder as Peter Cratchit John Salthouse as Young Scrooge Will Stampe as Fezziwig Zoe Wanamaker as Belle BBCBernard LeeCarol MacReadyCharles DickensChristopher BigginsClive MerrisonDramaElaine MorganFamilyJohn Le MesurierJohn SalthouseMichael HordernMoira ArmstrongPatricia QuinnPaul CopleyVeronica DoranZoe Wanamaker Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV15 hours ago Cutting It (BBC-1 2002-2005, Amanda Holden, Sarah Parish) Comedy drama series. 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