The creator of Peaky Blinders, Steven Knight will adapt Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for the BBC, in addition to many of perennial author’s classic novels over the next few years.
Starring Tom Hardy, who will also serve as executive producer on the project, A Christmas Carol will be produced in association with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free company. Hardy and Knight have been frequent collaborators over the last few years, working together on Peaky Blinders, the feature-film Locke, and their closest collaboration to date, Taboo.
The BBC has a long tradition of adapting Dickens for the small screen. As well as straight adaptations of classics including Bleak House and Great Expectations, it has aired comedy and factual series based on the author’s work.
“Any question about narrative storytelling is answered by Dickens,” said Knight. “To have the chance to revisit the text and interpret in a new way is the greatest privilege. We need luck and wisdom to do this justice.” Added BBC Drama boss Piers Wenger: “Steven’s unique ability to reimagine the past and to turn it into must-see drama make him the perfect writer to reinvent Dickens’ most famous works for a new generation.”
Knight has taken period drama in a darker direction – as shown in Taboo – and the BBC promised a “wholly original and visionary take” on Dickens. Ridley Scott then added that “It’s terrific to be continuing the creative partnership of Scott Free London with Tom and Steve that started with Taboo and continues with this exciting and ambitious anthology of British classics.”
The future star of A Christmas Carol (we can only hope he is playing Scrooge) Hardy added that;
“It’s extremely exciting to have the opportunity to team up with Ridley Scott, Steven 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 theater 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.”
A Christmas Carol tells the story of The story of cold-hearted Scrooge who’s visited by four ghosts on a freezing Christmas Eve and must face up to how his self-interested behavior has impacted his own life and those around him.
This new version of A Christmas Carol will air in three hour-long broadcasts on BBC One.
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