BBC’s A Christmas Carol: What We Know So Far

Sarah O NeillSarah O Neill in News, UK
Published 19.11.19

A Christmas Carol is the quintessential festive tale, and BBC are re-telling it with the help of Steven Knight, Guy Pearce and Tom Hardy.

From the message of hope and giving, to the horror of reliving all your past mistakes in the form of three ghosts, to the perfect casting of Kermit Frog in the Muppet’s version, it makes for ideal Christmas viewing.


But now re-told with the creative minds, and acting talent, of Peaky Blinders, we’re expecting far more swearing and a few more weapon-filled hats.

BBC's A Christmas Carol

What’s BBC’s A Christmas Carol about?

In this three-part recreation coming this December, the BBC bring a totally star-studded cast to Dickens’ much beloved story.

Promising an original interpretation of the source material, The BBC have described the upcoming series as being “a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul.” 

Written by Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight, the show casts Tom Hardy in a, currently, undisclosed role. The project has attracted a list of big Hollywood names, working both in front and behind the camera.

Who’s in BBC’s A Christmas Carol?

With Guy Piece playing the eponymous Scrooge, the cast is already off to a good start.


But alongside big names as Andy Serkis as the Ghost of Christmas Past, and Charlotte Riley as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Scrooge has been set up for a real star-studded life lesson.

The cast was announced in May this year, and also features This is England‘s Stephen Graham, The Favourite‘s Joe Alwyn, Kayvan Novak (What We Do In The Shadows), and Lenny Rush (Old Boys).

After seeing the, uh, intense trailer, it’s hardly surprising who’s behind the camera. Adding to Knight’s unique style is the support of Ridley Scott’s production company ‘Scott Free London’, and Tom Hardy’s ‘Hardy Son & Baker’.


Sharing a previous history of the BBC/FX drama Taboo, created with Hardy and his dad Chips Hardy (great name), the series is sure to be in good hands.

What have the BBC said about their Christmas Carol adaptation?

In a BBC statement, Hardy announced his feelings around the project:

“It’s extremely exciting to have the opportunity to team up with Ridley Scott, Steve Knight and our partners at the BBC with this rare and wonderful opportunity to revisit and interpret Dickens’ classic works.

“‘A Christmas Carol’ is a fabulous magical piece of theatre and an embarrassment of riches for our creative team – from character all the way through to design. Here’s to having a lot of intricate and wonderful fun. We feel very lucky.”

Steven Knight has previously credited Dickens for inspiration in his past projects. Citing the author as being an integral part of what made Peaky Blinders so distinctive, he hoped to follow in his creative footsteps. “If one were to hope to aspire to do what Dickens did” , he stated at the Season Three launch, “it would be to take working class life and make it relative to fiction”.

Joining the team is The Awakening’s Nick Murphy, who is on board to direct the mini-series.

It will be the first in a series of Dickens’ tales to be re-told, and re-created, for the small screen. Commissioned by Piers Wenger, each novel will be adapted by Knight.


Steven’s Unique ability to re imagine the past and turn it into must see-drama makes him the perfect writer to re imagine Dickens’ most famous works for a new generation,”

In a Christmas Carol, that most familiar of Dickens’ stories, he has found the perfect place to start.”

When is the release date for BBC’s A Christmas Carol?

The BBC are yet to announce the exact date when A Christmas Carol will air. But what we do know is that it is expected to be released in the run-up to Christmas – be patient!

But if you’re more into the Kevin the Carrot Peaky Blinders-inspired Advert than the show itself, we’ve just released out list of Netflix’s Christmas movies coming out this year.

Featuring such ‘gems’ as A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby, or The Knight Before Christmas, there’s plenty of cheese enough for the whole family.

Check out our UK Christmas TV Highlights Guide for 2019 right here.