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A Christmas Carol, BBC One (4 stars)

  • Brian Donaldson
  • 18 December 2019

A Christmas Carol, BBC One

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A visceral and gritty version of Dickens’ classic festive chiller

Sensationalist organs of the press have already been in predictable uproar over the use of crude language in this brand-new take on A Christmas Carol. For the rest of us, hearing Stephen Graham’s Jacob Marley and Guy Pearce’s Ebenezer Scrooge go full pelt on profanities that were invented many centuries before the dawn of Victorian England, has a visceral surge about it. And in any case, they utter one ‘fuck’ each in the opening hour, hardly a torrent of filth.

This version of Dickens’ seasonal chiller and marker of moral compasses is far from the nostalgia-tinged, Christmas card-friendly depictions of yore; hardly unexpected given that this comes from the adapting pen of Steven Knight, cre真钱捕鱼假吗ator of Peaky Blinders and Taboo. Pearce is a younger than standard but still terribly moody Scrooge, who does utter ‘bah, humbug’ for those clinging on to the story’s traditional catchphrases. While keeping Bob Cratchit (Joe Alwyn) away from his family on Christmas Eve, Scrooge denies all and sundry the pleasures of the season as he spits out accusations of hypocrisy.

But soon enough, his past misdemeanours catch up (Scrooge appears to be an architect of austerity at home and proponent of child labour in far-off lands) when his deceased business partner Marley dips in and out of purgatory to warn him of an impending unleashing of hell. Three spirits (Andy Serkis’ Christmas Past, Charlotte Riley’s Christmas Present and Jason Flemyng’s Christmas Future) all do their bit to try and make their target repent and alter his miserly ways. But does Ebenezer’s long, dark night of the soul lead him down a better path, or will Knight and co blindside us with a less heart-warming ending?

However it winds up, this remoulding of A Christmas Carol is a welcome and wintry depiction of torment. The screen is drained of colour, greys, whites and blacks all dominant, with the only brightness coming from orange flames of a blazing pyre or shimmering candle as Scrooge’s destiny prepares to be sealed.

Episodes watched: 1 of 3

A Christmas Carol airs on BBC One, Sunday 22 December, 9pm; Monday 23 December, 9.05pm; Tuesday 24 December, 9pm.


The Three Deaths of Ebony Black (4 stars)

  • Claire Sawers
  • 21 August 2019

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black

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A DIY puppet comedy with a message of kindness

This is a lo-fi Tim Burton meets The Muppets-style play, featuring handmade, little old lady stick-puppets doing ‘The Macarena’ and ‘Thriller’, with an anti-capitalist message running through its comedy plot. A team of two Australian puppeteers dressed in black gets increasingly inventive with ways to bring several characters onstage all at the same time, to tell the tale of elderly Ebony Black, her death and its aftermath.

There’s money left in Ebony’s will, which brings out the evil side in her (already pretty nasty) twin, Ivory, as well as her money-grabbing, entrepreneurial and real estate-obsessed niece and nephew. Clementine is a nine-year-old having an existential crisis, with she and a kindly nurse called Pearl representing the more benevolent end of humanity; they’re trying to find a little kindness in the world, and both dream of a slightly less ruthless society. As well as focusing on funerals and death, The Three Deaths of Ebony Black is a story that looks at what a well-lived life means to different people. An often ridiculous play that would suit children and adults, it’s like a handmade miniature panto with a lot of heart, a few well-recovered mistakes,捕鱼电玩城金币怎么换现金 and an underwater scene.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug, 4.30pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).