The last day of my Advent Calendar and the BIGGEST treat of all. I thought about finishing with Malcolm Tucker’s suspiciously sniffy Christmas message to the GQ staff (google it), but decided instead to go for the richest, scariest, and best adaptation of A Christmas Carol not to feature Muppets. It’s the 1970 version of Scrooge, starring Albert Finney and Surprise Edith Evans (1888-1976, I can never quite believe that somebody born in 1888 – the year Ellen Terry played Lady Macbeth – made so many films. She knew William Poel! She created six Shaw roles!).
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, however and wherever you’re celebrating. Thanks for reading, as ever!
Dr Sophie Duncan is Fellow in English at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She works regularly as a historical advisor and as a dramaturg for theatre, TV, radio and film. She likes theatre, detective fiction and cocktails.