It’s that time of year when people’s thoughts turn to Christmas and the holiday season. So, there’s no better time for the internet to announce a new adaption of the perennial favourite A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens from the BBC.
Adapted by Peaky Blinders creator and writer Steve Knight and co-produced by Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, this new retelling will be a three part series aiming to hit the small screen in two years time, with each episode being a hour in length. That’s some running time when put all together and a great way to countdown to Christmas (well, in 2019 anyway).
I doubt anyone reading this doesn’t know the very secular Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge, four visiting ghosts and Scrooge’s ultimate redemption, but a good adaption for the small screen hasn’t happened in a good while. And, if Knight, Scott and Hardy’s own track record is anything to go by (all three worked on another stellar BBC show, Taboo) – and it is – then I can imagine this will be a suitably atmospheric and, sometimes, spooky version.
The Radio Times had this to add on today’s news:
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “Steven’s unique ability to reimagine the past and to turn it in to must see drama make him the perfect writer to reinvent Dickens’ most famous works for a new generation. And in A Christmas Carol, that most familiar of Dickens’ stories, he has found the perfect place to start.”
Said Scott: “It’s terrific to be continuing the creative partnership of Scott Free London with Tom and Steve that started with Taboo and continues with this exciting and ambitious anthology of British classics.”
You can read more about it on The Radio Times official webpage.