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A Christmas Carol (1950)

Country of Origin: UK
Dates of Original Broadcast: 25 December 1950
Number of Seasons: n/a
Total Number of Episodes: 1
Episode Running Times: 120 mins
Length:
Format: broadcast live
Colour Format: black and white
Ration:
Sound: mono

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Company: BBC
Producer: Eric Fawcett
Assistant Producer: T. Leslie Jackson

SCRIPT
Adaptation: Eric Fawcett
Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Play: Dominic Roche

MUSIC
Incidental Music Composed and Arranged by: Max Saunders
Sextet Conducted by: Eric Robinson
Rehearsal Pianists: Sybilla Marshal, Hathleen (Cathleen?) O'Hagen

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Set Designer: James Bould

OTHER CREW
Stage Managers: Josephine Hunter, Archie Angus
Dances Arranged by: John Armstrong

CAST
MacDonald Hobley (narrator)
Bransby Williams (Ebenezer Scrooge)
John Ruddock (Bob Cratchit)
Robert Cawdron (Mr Fred)
Julian D'Albie (portly gentleman)
Leonard Sharp (crossing sweeper)
John Bentley (night watchman)
Julian D'Albie (Spirit of Christmas Present)
W.E. Holloway (Marley's ghost)
Arthur Hambling (Spirit of Christmas Past)
Sean Lynch (boy Scrooge)
Patricia Fryer (Fanny)
Barbara Murray (fiancée)
John Bentley (young Scrooge)
Adrian Evans (boy Cratchit)
Shirley Hose (Belinda Cratchit)
John Young (Peter Cratchit)
Thomas Moore (Tiny Tim)
Kathleen Saintsbury (Mrs Cratchit)
Pamela Cameron (Martha Cratchit)
Michael Edmunds (boy waif)
Gillian Stirrup (girl waif)
W.E. Holloway (Spirit of Christmas to Come)
Arthur Hambling, Howard Douglas, Stanley Vines (gentlemen of the Stock Exchange)
Dorothy Summers (Mrs Dilber)
Leonard Sharp (Joe)
Tony Lyons (boy with goose)
Ann Wrigg (Mrs Fred)
Michael Edmunds, Tony Lyons, Adrian Evans, Sean Lynch (carol singers)
Ewart Wheeler (Scrooge's double)
Cecil Sharp Folk Dance Society (dancers)

PLOT SUMMARY

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more ghosts will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. As the night wears on, he's visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But will even they be enough to soften old Scrooge's heart?

AVAILABILITY

UK
Television Broadcaster: BBC

TIMELINE

1950
December

25: UK - television broadcast (on BBC (broadcast live))
27: UK - television broadcast (on BBC (broadcast live))

LINKS

SEE ALSO
A Christmas Carol (adaptations)

REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

The Dickensian March 1951 p.63 (USA)
review (by Leslie C. Staples)

BOOKS

A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc (2000)) pp.177-178
credits

KEYWORDS

book into film, christmas, ghosts, misers


Last Updated: 1 January, 2009

 


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