A Christmas Carol- A Ghost Story

BBC Christmas schedule to include Mark Gatiss’ A Christmas Carol, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!

The BBC has announced its schedule for Christmas 2022 and it includes a number of West End treats!

Dates and times for these shows have also now been confirmed – see below for details.

There are also some new shows added to the list – including Luke Evans – Showtime! and classic and new movie musicals including Funny Girl, Into the Woods, Newsies, Mary Poppins and more.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story

(25 December 2022, 7pm, BBC Four)

Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula, Doctor Who) stars as Jacob Marley in the 2021 stage production of his own retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story also stars Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire, The Crown, The Iron Lady) as Scrooge, and is directed for the stage by Adam Penford.

It’s a cold Christmas Eve and mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Nicholas Farrell) has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley (Mark Gatiss). Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn’t too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate, but first he’ll have to face three more eerie encounters.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story is a Nottingham Playhouse production presented by Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Fiery Angel, Trafalgar Releasing, Eilene Davidson Productions and Gavin Kalin Productions for BBC Four and BBC iPlayer.

Also playing live in London this Christmas is the Bridge Theatre production of A Christmas Carol starring Simon Russell-Beale; the Old Vic production of A Christmas Carol starring Owen Teale; and alternative takes on the classic tale with A Sherlock Carol at the Marylebone Theatre, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ghosted – Another F***ing Christmas Carol at the Other Palace, and Sh*t-Faced Showtime – A Pissedmas Carol at the Leicester Square Theatre.

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!

(25 December 2022, 1.30pm, BBC Two)

Choreographer and director Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! is also coming to the screen this Christmas.

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’s Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland, influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930s.

Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s newly-refreshed delectable sets and costumes combine with dazzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the classic.

Produced by Illuminations/New Adventures for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

Also playing live in London this Christmas is Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.


(27 December 2022, 6.15pm, BBC Two)

There will also be a new adaptation of Coppélia this Christmas, which combines enchanting animation and live action dance in a modern take on the much-loved ballet.

A world-class cast includes Michaela DePrince, Daniel Camargo, Vito Mazzeo, Dame Darcey Bussell and Irek Mukhamedov.

This new adaptation sees Dr. Coppelius (Mazzeo) as a cosmetic surgeon, whose lure of superficial beauty poisons the town. Swan (DePrince) must uncover the truth about the popular newcomer who puts her community and the life of her beloved Franz (Daniel Camargo) in danger.

The ballet is choreographed by Ted Brandsen and features an original score composed by Maurizio Malagnini, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra. The film is by Jeff Tudor, Steven De Beul and Ben Tesseur, and produced by Bruno Felix, Femke Wolting and Janneke van de Kerkhof for Submarine and Adrienne Liron for 3 Minutes West.

The Play What I Wrote

(18 December 2022, 8pm, BBC Four)

The BBC will also screen comedy award-winner The Play What I Wrote starring Tom Hiddleston, which was filmed during its Theatre Royal Bath run. The play will air on 18 December 2022 and also screen on BBC iPlayer.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends

(31 December 2022, 5.35pm, BBC Two)

BBC Two and BBC iPlayer will screen the May 2022 tribute concert to Stephen Sondheim produced by Cameron Mackintosh, featuring a wealth of stage and screen stars including Julia Mckenzie, Bernadette Peters, Damian Lewis and more.

Read more about the concert on the BBC here.

Luke Evans – Showtime!

(22 December 2022, 8pm, BBC Two)

Luke Evans: Showtime! is a one hour special where the stage and screen star sings with special guests.

Disney’s Newsies

(23 December 2022, 7.05am, BBC Two)

The film of the live Broadway stage show starring Jeremy Jordan. Also, book tickets to the live stage show of Disney’s Newsies at the Troubadour Theatre Wembley Park.

Movie Musicals

There are also a wealth of movie musicals (and plays!) on the BBC this Christmas. These include: Judy Garland in Meet Me in St Louis (17 December 2022, 2.20pm, BBC Two); the 2018 Lady Gaga A Star is Born (18 December 2022, 10pm. BBC Two); the big-screen adaptation of Sondheim’s Into The Woods (21 December, 9am, BBC Two); Judy Garland again in Easter Parade – which we know isn’t very Christmasy! (23 December 2022, 9.55am, BBC Two); the classic 1956 movie musical The King and I (23 December 2022, 1.35pm, BBC Two); 1954 classic White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney (25 December 2022, 11.35am, BBC Two); Disney’s Aladdin – the 2019 live-action movie including all of the songs from the live show, starring Will Smith (25 December 2022, 3.10pm, BBC One, also 26 December 2022, 6.15am, BBC Two); Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It? starring Angela Bassett (26 December 2022, 12.35am, BBC Two) – also catch Tina – The Tina Turner Musical in the West End; Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins (26 December 2022, 2.25pm BBC One) – and it’s also your last chance to catch Mary Poppins in the West End; a classic movie musicals double-bill on BBC Two with Hello Dolly! (27 December 2022, 1.30pm, BBC Two) and Funny Girl (27 December 2022, 3.50pm, BBC Two); Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution (30 December 2022, 2.30pm, BBC Two) – also check out the live stage production of Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall; 1961 movie musical West Side Story (31 December 2022, 3.10pm, BBC Two); Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (3 January 2023, 2.15pm, BBC Two); and classic ghost story The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe (3 January 2023, 10.40pm, BBC One) – and its also the last chance to see The Woman in Black in the West End.

Also See…

Sky Arts has also revealed a number of stagey shows this Christmas including: the 1999 film production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Joan Collins and Richard Attenborough (24 December 2022, 1pm, Sky Arts); the 2019 production of Peter Pan (25 December 2022, 1pm, Sky Arts); and the 2021 production of Annie Live (26 December 2022, 1pm, Sky Arts).

This article was originally posted on 29 November 2022.

📷 Main photo: A Christmas Carol- A Ghost Story. Photo bv Manuel Harlan

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