Guy Pearce (Mary Queen of Scots) has been set as the lead in BBC One’s Charles Dickens adaptation A Christmas Carol. The three-part adaptation, which hails from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, was originally commissioned back in 2017 as one of a number of Dickens adaptions from Knight. FX has since boarded as the US partner and will are A Christmas Carol state-side.
A Christmas Carol is described as a unique and original take on the Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story penned by Steven Knight and a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul. “This production of A Christmas Carol will respectfully present what we believe to be a timely interpretation of a timeless story”, Knight said in a statement.
Guy Pearce plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Rounding out the cast is Andy Serkis (Black Panther) as Ghost of Christmas Past, Stephen Graham (This is England) as Jacob Marley, Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders) as Lottie, Joe Alwyn (The Favourite) as Bob Cratchit, Vinette Robinson (Doctor Who) as Mary Cratchit, Rutger Hauer (True Blood) as the Ghost of Christmas Future, Kayvan Novak (What We Do In The Shadows) as Ali Baba and Lenny Rush (Old Boys) as Tim Cratchit. The BBC said further casting would be announced at a later date.
In addition to penning the scripts, Steven Knight is also serving as executive producer alongside Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi. Julian Stevens is the producer, while Nick Murphy is directing. FX Productions, Scott Free and Hardy Son & Baker are producing. This marks the second major drama co-production for the BBC and FX, after they previously worked together to bring Tom Hardy’s Taboo to the small screen. “We’re incredibly excited that filming has begun on Steve Knight’s brilliant interpretation of A Christmas Carol, with Nick Murphy directing a phenomenal cast in what promises to be an iconic version of the classic tale”, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger.
While Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, added: “We are incredibly proud to join the BBC in this latest creative venture, which builds on our expansive programming partnership to bring the best in television to audiences in the US and UK. Charles Dickens’ classics, including A Christmas Carol, are timeless tales that have been re-imagined generation after generation. We couldn’t imagine a better team to undertake this enormous task than Steven Knight, Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, and their formidable production companies. What an incredible way to close out 2019 with the television event for A Christmas Carol.”