22 December 2019 12:43

Ashura Muharram Husayn ibn Ali

A Christmas Carol star Guy Pearce is a real life Scrooge who hates celebrating

Guy Pearce, Charlotte Riley, Stephen Graham, Andy Serkis and Vinette Robinson star in the BBC's latest festive adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Guy Pearce has been cast in the starring role, playing cold-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Star Wars, Black Panther and Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis will play the Ghost of Christmas Past, while Stephen Graham (of Line of Duty and This Is England) will play Jacob Marley. "Rutger was going to play The Ghost Of Christmas Future and he and I spoke a few days before he died," director Nick Murphy told RadioTimes.com. Charles Dickens' timeless 19th century novel A Christmas Carol has been adapted again and again over the years – and for Christmas 2019, it will be back on our screens for a three-part drama.

In this "unique and original take on Charles Dickens' iconic ghost story," the BBC has promised us "a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge's dark night of the soul." A Christmas Carol is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly and crotchety miser who is visited first by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and then by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Knight said: "This production of A Christmas Carol will respectfully present what we believe to be a timely interpretation of a timeless story." A Christmas Carol is the first in a series of new BBC adaptions of Charles Dickens' novels. Director Nick Murphy responded to the idea with a tongue-in-cheek tweet, explaining: "Admittedly, I'm not a media insider, I only directed the show but as far as I'm aware, Tom Hardy does NOT appear in A Christmas Carol." It may even be that some people will actually switch on A Christmas Carol thinking that they will get – from the modern BBC of all people – a faithful version of this great and powerful drama. The 1843 Charles Dickens classic is so popular it's been re-made multiple times, with everyone from Patrick Stewart, Tim Curry, Alastair Sim and Michael Caine (alongside The Muppets) playing the grumpiest Grinch in the land, Ebenezer Scrooge. This time, the much less typically Scrooge-like Guy Pearce plays the tight-fisted misery guts, and this might be one of the most spine-tingling casts yet, with Stephen Graham, Andy Serkis and Charlotte Riley starring alongside him.

It also offers our eyes a bit of a rest from our otherwise sparkle-mad Christmas times, with this version taking a dark and actually slightly frightening approach. That's the great thing about Oz – it's hot and I'm usually not working, so I feel like I'm on holiday. We've created a Scrooge who has a fairly tough exterior, so it takes a good battering by the Ghost Of Christmas Past to soften him up. Jason Flemyng is the Ghost Of Christmas Future and he's silent, it's frightening. Andy Serkis plays Ghost Of Christmas Past… 'Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.' When I think of those words, I think of a fireside, holly, the ghosts, and a kind of warm, fuzzy journey.

Our version is a darker telling of this tale and really examines the character of Scrooge in a way that I don't think has been He's normally portrayed as this affable character who takes Scrooge back to an early part of his life where things twere happy. There's a bit between Scrooge and Marley at the end, when he realises the error of his ways and has transformed, and his performance is majestic, it's beautiful. Presently he's bringing another form of The Ghost of Christmas Past to life in FX's adjustment of A Christmas Carol. Andy Serkis in A Christmas Carol | Robert Viglasky/FX, Fellow Pearce is the new Ebenezer Scrooge. He'll be visited by three apparitions, and generally, in these adjustments, it's the Ghost of Christmas Future that alarms Scrooge straight.

Andy Serkis is on a strategic 'A Christmas Carol' It's the Ghost of Christmas Past who attempts to show Scrooge the mistake of his past ways. L-R: Guy Pearce and Andy Serkis | Robert Viglasky/FX "The adventure that the Spirit of Christmas Past goes on is one of attempting to air out and make Scrooge face himself and open his spirit up," Serkis said. Andy Serkis' Ghost of Christmas Past gets in Scrooge's face Andy Serkis as the Ghost of Christmas Past | Robert Viglasky/FX "We began being about among more than two to three hours, and afterward the design, getting everything off, really took similarly as long," Serkis said of his Christmas Carol cosmetics and ensemble. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is often credited with inventing 25 December as we know it today. However, the new version will have to be special indeed if it is to topple The Muppet Christmas Carol from its perch as the definitive adaptation of the Dickens classic – and perhaps the greatest Christmas movie of its decade.

The 1992 film was an extraordinary accomplishment, especially in light of the fact that its 27-year-old first-time director, Brian Henson, was making it while grieving for his father, Muppets creator Jim Henson. The 20 best Christmas films - ranked Show all 20 left Created with Sketch. That it takes place on Christmas Eve, and features lines like, "Now I have a machine gun, ho-ho-ho", makes it ideal holiday viewing too – particularly if you're a little sick of festive slush. He's an angel, though, not a homewrecker, and all is well come Christmas Eve. Rex 10/20 11. A Christmas Carol (1999) There have been about a hundred screen adaptations of Charles Dickens's iconic novella, which sees a penny-pinching miser change his ways after encountering the ghosts of his Christmas past, present and future. "It was some years later before I really knew what she'd been going through," her co-star Mary Astor later said, alluding to Garland's struggles with mental health issues and addiction – but you'd never know any of that watching this warm, charming film. Carol (2015) When it comes to Christmas films, there is no shortage of love and romance – but it's all overwhelmingly straight. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Who's have thought that one of the best interpretations of Charles Dickens's festive fable would come courtesy of a bunch of wise-cracking puppets? Revolving around a young boy and a snowman come to life (a little like Jack Frost, except not terrible), the film ends with a breathtaking flourish, as the pair fly over England's snowy plains to the melancholy strains of "Walking in the Air". At this point, I'm sure a lot of fans are more familiar with The Muppet Christmas Carol than they are even with some of the Jim Henson-era movies." A new Muppet film was the last thing on Brian Henson's mind as he processed the sudden passing of his father at just 53. The Christmas Ghosts are, as Henson said, creepy indeed. "In Brian Henson's director's commentary, he talks about early concepts for the movie where the ghosts would all be played by familiar Muppet characters: Piggy, Scooter, and Gonzo," says Ryan Roe. And I think for Scrooge's redemption to be convincing you have to really buy that he's terrified of the possibilities shown to him by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, which probably wouldn't have been possible with Gonzo." "Given that he made the Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and the Storyteller knowing that kids were likely to watch them, I'd like to think Jim would have approved of the ghosts in Christmas Carol." "Jim hated being cute, and hated saccharine," said Oz, who, in addition to voicing Miss Piggy, produced The Muppet Christmas Carol. He nonetheless reached out to the Henson Company, which is how he found himself composing for The Muppet Christmas Carol. "I just fell in love with recovery, I felt like that's all I wanted to do, and I didn't know if I was ever going to write music again. And then I was asked to write the songs for The Muppet Christmas Carol. The Muppet Christmas Carol was a hit all over again when re-released in in 2017. The new adaptation of A Christmas Carol begins on Sunday at 9pm on BBC1