As part of its 31 Days of Oscar schedule, Turner Classic Movies will air Scrooge (1970) Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Eastern, and A Tale of Two Cities (1935) Sunday at 2:30 a.m. Eastern. (NOTE: My apologies -- I originally said Saturday instead of Sunday.)
Morfydd Clark (Love and Friendship, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) has signed on to play Catherine Dickens. Miriam Margolyes has also signed on, though I don't yet know for what role. The script is being written by Susan Coyne (Mozart in the Jungle).
Hannah Paget at OUPblog came up with this fun idea! She's put together playlists for Miss Havisham, Ebenezer Scrooge, the Artful Dodger, Wilkins Micawber, and Mrs. Gamp. If you'd like to play along, you can put together your own playlist for a Dickens character here in the comments section!
Dale Ahlquist writes at Catholic World Report about G. K. Chesterton's 1931 Christmas radio broadcast, in which he spoke about why Dickens wrote so well about Christmas: because "Dickens is still the only man who exaggerates happiness . . . who talked about Christmas as if it was Christmas."
Though Dickens didn't really invent Christmas, he did have a profound influence on it. Two professors at Kansas State University talk about the book's legacy, as reflected by other Christmas tales such as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "A Visit from St. Nicholas."
Smithsonian magazine has a feature about how A Christmas Carol reflects Dickens's own charitable mindset and efforts.
Michael Caine talks to GQ about why he did A Muppet Christmas Carol, and his and his family's enduring love for the movie.
On a somber note, I don't generally like to put thoughts in his head, but something tells me that Dickens would be furious about a family being unfairly harassed over the cancellation of a Christmas Carol play.
To end on a more hopeful note, A Christmas Carol inspired these students to collect donations for 150 children in need.
A Christmas Corral, written and illustrated by Lucas T. Antoniak (CreateSpace/Amazon Digital Services, 2016).
This picture book, based on A Christmas Carol, casts Scrooge as a surly sheep who's the bane of the barnyard. (His first name now is, of course, Ebaaanezer.) Antoniak takes quite a few liberties with the story, as you would expect, but his humorous narrative and delightful illustrations capture the spirit of the classic. My favorite part: the drawing of Tiny Tim, who sports an enormous wool Afro. Lots of fun for younger readers.