17 December 2008

17th December

Christmas wouldn't be the same without A Muppet Christmas Carol. But of course the story of Scrooge is a staple of the TV scheduler's armoury.
Here are some of the best and funniest adaptations, most of which are on TV this Christmas.

Scrooge (1951), starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge
Scrooge (1970), a musical film adaptation starring Albert Finney as Scrooge and Alec Guinness as Marley's ghost
Scrooged (1988), a remake in a contemporary setting with Bill Murray being a misanthropic TV producer who is haunted by the ghosts of Christmas
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), featuring the various Muppet characters, with Michael Caine as Scrooge
A Christmas Carol (1997), an animated production featuring the voice of Tim Curry as Scrooge as well as the voices of Whoopi Goldberg and Michael York
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001), an animated version with the voices of Simon Callow, Kate Winslet (who sings 'What if'), Nicolas Cage, Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Michael Gambon, and Juliet Stevenson
A Christmas Carol (1977), an adaption by the BBC with Sir Michael Horden as Scrooge
An American Christmas Carol (1979), an adaptation starring Henry Winkler at the height of his fame from the television series Happy Days, where the story is set in Depression era New England
A Christmas Carol (1984), starring George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge, David Warner and Susanna York as the Cratchitts, with Edward Woodward as The Ghost Of Christmas Present
A Christmas Carol (1999), a television movie starring Patrick Stewart, inspired by his one-man show
A Christmas Carol (2000) A modern-day version starring Ross Kemp as Eddie Scrooge, an unscrupulous loan shark
A Diva's Christmas Carol (2000), a humorous adaptation starring Vanessa Williams as bitchy diva Ebony Scrooge
A Carol Christmas (2003) Made-for-TV adaptation on the Hallmark Channel starring Tori Spelling as "Scroogette" TV host Carol Cartman. William Shatner makes a special appearance as the ghost of Christmas Present, and Gary Coleman as the ghost of Christmas Past
A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004), starring Kelsey Grammer

Who's your favourite?

UPDATE: A Muppet Christmas Carol is Archbishop Rowan Williams' favourite

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