The BBC Radio Theatre Adaptation of
"A Christmas Carol"

The British Broadcasting Corporation is unequalled in the quality of their dramatic broadcasts, and their lavish production of Dickens' most-loved book is no exception.

Generally recognized as one of the best of the old time radio adaptations, and certainly the most complete and faithful, this rare recording is unmatched in voice talent, quality and sound direction. Seldom heard in the US, this 90 minute production shines in retelling the classic story.

Famed British actor Michael Gough, known for his Hammer horror film roles, and later in life, for playing the faithful butler Alfred in the popular Batman movie series, brings his considerable acting and voice talent to the role of Scrooge.

From 1975 to 1984, the CBS Radio Mystery Theater was a favorite of horror, suspense and sci-fi fans across the country. So the spooky atmosphere of the program lent itself perfectly to the ghostly happenings of Dickens' tale of spirit visitation.

Show host E. G. Marshall stars as Scrooge is this classic dramatization of Charles Dickens' immortal tale, first aired on Christmas Eve in 1975.

This is the only show Marshall acts in, normally limiting his part to that of the host and narrator. Quickly becoming a holiday tradition, the broadcast was repeated every Christmas Eve during the series run. It has six actors in it - a R.M.T. record.

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Marley's Ghost
The First of the Three Spirits
The Second of the Three Spirits
The Last of the Spirits
The End of It
A Christmas Dinner
A Christmas Present
1939 Radio Broadcast
Other Radio Broadcasts

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Extra items and pages that are part of this site:

Christmas Essays by Dickens

"Now, the tree is decorated with bright merriment, and song, and dance, and cheerfulness. And they are welcome. Innocent and welcome be they ever held, beneath the branches of the Christmas Tree, which cast no gloomy shadow!"
-Charles Dickens

So writes Charles Dickens concerning a tradition that even in his day was precious. Enjoy his story, "The Christmas Tree," as he recollects the joy it brought to his youth!

"Who can be insensible to the outpourings of good feeling, and the honest interchange of affectionate attachment, which abound at this season of the year? A Christmas family-party! We know nothing in nature more delightful! There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas."
-Charles Dickens

The family seated around the Christmas dinner table is a treasured time that becomes forever etched in our hearts. Enjoy Dicken's story, "A Christmas Dinner," as he relates the joys it brings.

"Lost friend, lost child, lost parent, sister, brother, husband, wife, we will not so discard you! You shall hold your cherished places in our Christmas hearts, and by our Christmas fires; and in the season of immortal hope, and on the birthday of immortal mercy, we will shut out Nothing!"
-Charles Dickens

In his short story, "What Christmas Is As We Grow Older," Dickens encourages us to not forget the past joys and loves we have known, in order to shut out the pain of loss. Rather, we defeat the loss by celebrating the memories of times and people once close to us.

"My dear children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him." -Charles Dickens

Dickens never forgot the Source of the holiday cheer he spread about with his writings, or the meaning of the silent night in Bethlehem so long ago. In this excerpt from his private story written for his children, "The Life of Our Lord," Dickens explains simply in his own words "The Christmas Story."

Radio and Film Versions

Information about the
1951 version with Alastair Sim, with photos, comparisons to the novel and excerpts from the soundtrack.

Information about the
1939 radio version produced by Orson Welles and starring Lionel Barrymore.

Information about
Disney's "A Christmas Carol" short animated feature

Information about "Scrooge," the
1970 musical version starring Albert Finney

Information about the
Muppet's Christmas Carol

Information about the
upcoming 2009 CG version starring Jim Carrey.

Information about Rich Little's one-man version of
"A Christmas Carol."


Information about the
1971 Chuck Jones animated film featuring Alastair Sim as the voice of Scrooge!


Information about Patrick Stewart's one-man performance of the book, as well as his 1999 movie adaptation.


Complete scan of "A Christmas Carol"
comic book adaptation from the 70's by Marvel Comics!

Enjoy scenes from the story in these
antique illustrations!

Classics Illustrated "A Christmas Carol"
cover #1.

Classics Illustrated "A Christmas Carol"
cover #2.

Pendulum's Illustrated Stories "A Christmas Carol"

A Dean Morrissey
painting of Scrooge outside his London business. The print can be bought here.

Montage of
scenes from the novel by artist Jeffrey Bedrick made for a puzzle, which can be bought here.

Other resources outside of this site:

Read the story behind of the writing of this most-loved Christmas story here, as originally published in Reader's Digest.

Christmas According to Dickens: A series of articles by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts.

Dickens and Christmas: an excellent site!

View an incredible table-top reproduction of Dicken's London on this page.

In an essay on his favorite Christmas videos, columnist C. W. Oberleitner examines the best adaptations of "A Christmas Carol" on film.

Alastair Sim's film as viewed through the eyes of a horror movie fan: A Very Scary Christmas!

Introduction /Marley's Ghost / The First of the Three Spirits / The Second of the Three Spirits
The Last of the Spirits / The End of It / A Christmas Dinner /A Christmas Present /1939 Radio Broadcast