BBC’s A Christmas Carol shakes up gender casting and includes swearing to make classic more modern
By Rebecca Lewis ~December 16, 2019
A new BBC adaptation of A Christmas Carol starring Guy Pearce and Taylor Swift's boyfriend Joe Alwyn will be an expletive-ridden three-part series unsuitable for youngsters.
The new series, which will air from December 22 for three days, has been written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and opens with a young boy urinating on the grave of Jacob Marley and calling him "a skinflint b*****d".
The series will air at 9pm, one of the first in years to screen past the watershed, and stars former Neighbours actor Guy Pearce as Scrooge and Line Of Duty star Stephen Graham as Jacob Marley.
Charlotte Riley will appear as the ghost of Christmas Present, Andy Serkis as the ghost of Christmas Past, and Jason Flemyng as the ghost of Christmas future.
Riley said that Knight had "read between the lines of Dickens’s words and eked out the psychology of why Scrooge is the way he is, which post-Freud is what we are all kind of interested in these days".
Speaking on The One Show, she revealed that she would be taking on the role of the the ghost of Christmas Present as Scrooge’s sister rather than the traditional Father Christmas figure.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Guy revealed: "This version feels pretty brutal. It’s very raw and rough.
It’s not without hope, but it gets under your skin and will make people uncomfortable. Redemption is what we are looking forward to in A Christmas Carol."
"But in this version, the journey we’re taken on towards that is painful but beautifully handled."
Alwyn will appear as Bob Cratchit and Doctor Who star Vinette Robinson as his wife Mary Cratchit.
In this “unique and original take on Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story,” the BBC has promised us “a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul".
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