By Claire Booth
Of all Charles Dickens’ work, I think nothing has held up better than A Christmas Carol. It’s endlessly adaptable to any time period and for any age group. And it's been endlessly adapted. I've highlighted just a few below. So pour some egg nog, pick a version, sit back, and enjoy.
Scrooge (1935), starring Seymour Hicks.
Scrooge (1951), starring Alastair Sim.
An American Christmas Carol (1979), starring Henry Winkler. You read that right.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983). Best Jacob Marley ever.
A Christmas Carol (1984), starring George C. Scott and his scowl.
Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988), starring Rowan Atkinson. If you've never seen the TV series Blackadder, stop what you're doing right now and go park yourself in front of whatever device you watch things on. Seriously. Right now.
Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), starring Michael Caine and, of course, Gonzo.
A Christmas Carol (1999), starring Patrick Stewart - in nightcap!
A Christmas Carol (2009), starring Jim Carrey in that not-quite-a-cartoon animation.
And finally, the standard by which all others are measured. One of the best Christmas movies of all time.
Scrooged (1988), starring Bill Murray, AKA the Master.