TV Fact #231 – June 12th, 2015:

The 1984 TV film “A Christmas Carol”, one of many adaptations of Charles Dickens’ famous 1843 holiday novella of the same name, was filmed in Shrewsbury, England. This place has historical relevance to the book from which it is based on. Dickens actually gave the first ever public reading of the novel “A Christmas Carol” in the town hall in Shrewsbury. And the town would end up repaying that honor in making this film as more than 450 people from the town were used as extras during the filming. Course some of the cast and crew of this film also share a connection to “A Christmas Carol” before and after this film.

Director Clive Donner was the film editor on the 1951 version of “A Christmas Carol” which was titled “Scrooge”. Actress Liz Smith, who made a great career of playing Charles Dickens characters, played Mrs. Dilber in this version and again in 1999’s “A Christmas Carol” starring Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge. Then, no more than a year later, Smith played the character “Joyce” in a 2000 “modernised” version of “A Christmas Carol”.

The fact is, to adapt such a widely known book in a refreshing way, you need to know the material. The 1984 TV film is considered by many to be the definite version of the Dickens’ story. I think they did their homework and passed the final don’t you.

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