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The Merry Christmas (1958)

Country of Origin: UK
Dates of Original Broadcast: 24 December 1958
Number of Seasons: n/a
Total Number of Episodes: 1
Episode Running Time: 45m
Format:
Colour Format: black and white
Ratio:
Sound: mono

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Company: Associated Rediffusion

SCRIPT
Television Adaptation: Tom Twigge
Book and Lyrics: Donald Cotton
Novel: Charles Dickens

DIRECTION
Director: Ronald Marriott

MUSIC
Music Composed by: Brian Burke
Orchestrations: Phil Cardew
Musical Director: Steve Race

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Settings: Frank Nerine

CAST
Stephen Murray (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Forbes Robinson (night watchman)
Hugh Latimer (Topper)
John Glyn-Jones (Bob Cratchit)
Peter Gilmore (Fred)
Percy Cartwright (Marley's ghost)
Julian Orchard (Ghost of Christmas Past)
Cameron Hall (Fezziwig)
Peter Gilmore (young Scrooge)
Frances Youles (Belle)
Colin Cunningham (Ghost of Christmas Present)
Beryl Ede (Mrs Cratchit)
Dennis Mallard (Tiny Tim)
Howard Williams (Ghost of Christmas Future)
Peter Soule (Peter Cratchit)
Judy Robinson (Martha Cratchit)
Anthony Wilson (boy)
Paddy Turner (Mrs Fred)
Joan Brown (Cousin Arabella)
Howard Williams (Fred's guest)
The Barney Gilbraith Singers
The Singing Boys of the Saint Mary of the Angels Song School

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 Broadcasters: ITV

TIMELINE

1958
December

24: UK - television broadcast (on ITV)

LINKS

REMAKE OF
The Merry Christmas (1955)

SEE ALSO
A Christmas Carol (adaptations)

REFERENCES

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)) p.183
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KEYWORDS

book into film, christmas, ghosts, misers

 


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