BBC Radio Theatre Adaptation of
"A Christmas Carol"
Broadcasting Corporation is unequalled in
the quality of their dramatic broadcasts,
and their lavish production of Dickens'
most-loved book is no exception.
recognized as one of the best of
the old time radio adaptations,
and certainly the most complete
and faithful, this rare recording
is unmatched in voice talent,
quality and sound direction.
Seldom heard in the US, this 90
minute production shines in
retelling the classic story.
Famed British actor
Michael Gough, known for his
Hammer horror film roles, and
later in life, for playing the
faithful butler Alfred in the
popular Batman movie series,
brings his considerable acting
and voice talent to the role of
|From 1975 to 1984, the CBS
Radio Mystery Theater was a
favorite of horror, suspense and
sci-fi fans across the country.
So the spooky atmosphere of the
program lent itself perfectly to
the ghostly happenings of
Dickens' tale of spirit
Show host E. G.
Marshall stars as Scrooge is this
classic dramatization of Charles
Dickens' immortal tale, first
aired on Christmas Eve in 1975.
This is the only show Marshall
acts in, normally limiting his
part to that of the host and
narrator. Quickly becoming a
holiday tradition, the broadcast
was repeated every Christmas Eve
during the series run. It has six
actors in it - a R.M.T. record.
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items and pages that are part of this site:
Essays by Dickens
tree is decorated with bright merriment, and
song, and dance, and cheerfulness. And they are
welcome. Innocent and welcome be they ever held,
beneath the branches of the Christmas Tree, which
cast no gloomy shadow!"
So writes Charles
Dickens concerning a tradition that even in his
day was precious. Enjoy his story, "The Christmas Tree," as he recollects the joy it brought to
can be insensible to the outpourings of good
feeling, and the honest interchange of
affectionate attachment, which abound at this
season of the year? A Christmas family-party! We
know nothing in nature more delightful! There
seems a magic in the very name of
The family seated
around the Christmas dinner table is a treasured
time that becomes forever etched in our hearts.
Enjoy Dicken's story, "A Christmas Dinner," as he relates the joys it brings.
friend, lost child, lost parent, sister, brother,
husband, wife, we will not so discard you! You
shall hold your cherished places in our Christmas
hearts, and by our Christmas fires; and in the
season of immortal hope, and on the birthday of
immortal mercy, we will shut out Nothing!"
In his short
story, "What Christmas Is
As We Grow Older," Dickens encourages us to not forget the past joys
and loves we have known, in order to shut out the
pain of loss. Rather, we defeat the loss by
celebrating the memories of times and people once
close to us.
children, I am very anxious that you should know
something about the History of Jesus Christ. For
everybody ought to know about Him." -Charles
forgot the Source of the holiday cheer he spread
about with his writings, or the meaning of the
silent night in Bethlehem so long ago. In this
excerpt from his private story written for his
children, "The Life of Our Lord,"
Dickens explains simply in his own words "The Christmas Story."
and Film Versions
Information about the 1951 version with
Alastair Sim, with photos, comparisons to the
novel and excerpts from the soundtrack.
Information about the 1939
radio version produced
by Orson Welles and starring Lionel Barrymore.
Information about Disney's "A
Christmas Carol" short animated feature
Information about "Scrooge," the 1970
musical version starring
Information about the Muppet's
Information about the upcoming 2009 CG version starring Jim Carrey.
Information about Rich Little's one-man version
of "A Christmas
Information about the 1971 Chuck Jones animated film featuring Alastair Sim
as the voice of Scrooge!
Information about Patrick
Stewart's one-man performance of the book, as
well as his 1999 movie adaptation.
Complete scan of "A Christmas Carol" comic book
adaptation from the
70's by Marvel Comics!
Enjoy scenes from the story in these antique
Classics Illustrated "A Christmas
Carol" cover #1.
Classics Illustrated "A Christmas
Carol" cover #2.
Pendulum's Illustrated Stories "A Christmas
A Dean Morrissey painting of Scrooge outside his London business. The print
can be bought here.
Montage of scenes from the novel by artist Jeffrey Bedrick made for a
puzzle, which can be bought here.
Other resources outside of this site:
Read the story
behind of the writing of this most-loved
Christmas story here, as originally published in Reader's
According to Dickens: A series of articles by
Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts.
Christmas: an excellent site!
incredible table-top reproduction of Dicken's
London on this page.
In an essay on
his favorite Christmas videos, columnist C. W. Oberleitner examines the
best adaptations of "A Christmas Carol"
film as viewed through the eyes of a horror movie
Very Scary Christmas!