Documentary | 2007 | BBC [uk] | Great Britain

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Length of movie59

    Brief synopsis

    Griff Rhys Jones reveals how Dickens created the idea of a traditional family Christmas through one of his best-known books, A Christmas Carol. From the moment it was published in 1843, the story of miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge captured the imagination of Victorian Britain. Santa Claus, Christmas cards and crackers were invented around the same time, but it was Dickens's book that boosted the craze for Christmas, above all promoting the idea that Christmas is best celebrated with the family.

    Interviewees include former on-screen Scrooge, Patrick Stewart, and writer Lucinda Hawksley, great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens himself.


    Director's DepartmentdirectorPaul Tilzey
    EditingeditorSheryl Sandler
    Production Designset dresserBritta Koch
    ScreenplayscreenwriterGriff Rhys Jones

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    Modern Television [uk]