A Christmas Carol (2000 film)

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A Christmas Carol
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Based onA Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Written byPeter Bowker
Directed byCatherine Morshead
ComposerSimon Lacey
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersLaura Mackie
Jo Wright
ProducerJoshua St. Johnston
CinematographyDavid Higgs
EditorNick McPhee
Running time90 minutes
Production companyLondon Weekend Television
Original networkITV
Picture format16:9 (576i)
Audio formatStereo
Original release20 December 2000 (2000-12-20)

A Christmas Carol is a British television crime fantasy drama film, written by Peter Bowker, that first broadcast on ITV on 20 December 2000.[1] The film is a modern adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 novella A Christmas Carol, and stars Ross Kemp in the role of Eddie Scrooge. Warren Mitchell stars as Eddie's Dad, the Ghost of Christmas Past; Ray Fearon stars as Jacob Marley, the Ghost of Christmas Present; and Ben Inigo-Jones stars as Eddie's son, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

The film was one of a number of projects offered to Kemp as part of his "golden handcuffs" deal with ITV, following his departure from EastEnders.[2] 9.41 million viewers watched the film on its debut Wednesday night broadcast.[3] The film is also regularly repeated on ITV3 during the buildup to Christmas each year. The film has never been released on DVD.


Eddie Scrooge (Ross Kemp) is an unscrupulous loan shark living on a poor inner-city estate, who brings misery to everyone who knows him. When his business partner Jacob Marley (Ray Fearon) is shot dead, Eddie realises he knows the reason behind the killing, but chooses not disclose this information to the police, or Marley's family. On Christmas Eve, Eddie awakens from a nightmare about the night of Marley's death, and is taught the true meaning of Christmas by the three ghosts of Christmas, past, present and future: his dad (Warren Mitchell), Marley himself and his future son (Ben Inigo-Jones).


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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Xmas TV shows". the Guardian. 21 November 2000.
  3. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes on TV sets (July 1998 – Sept 2018) | BARB".