A Christmas Carol (1980)

UK, 23 December 1980
videotape, colour, 4:3

A British television special directed by Michael Hayes, this is an opera adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol.

Plot Summary

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more ghosts will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. As the night wears on, he’s visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But will even they be enough to soften old Scrooge’s heart?


Director: Michael Hayes
HTV Wales
Producer: Michael Hayes
Libretto: John Morgan
Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Music: Norman Kay
Music Performed by: The Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by: David Lloyd Jones
Designer: Doug James
Studio: HTV Wales Studio, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Sir Geraint Evans (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Ryland Davies (Bob Cratchit)
Elizabeth Gale (Mrs Cratchit)
Gwynne Howell (Marley)


Daily Telegraph 29 December 1980 (UK)
“Late at night one of the most appropriate presentations slid into the schedules. […] It was a pleasure to hear Geraint Evans as Scrooge come through the awful visitations of ghosts and spirits and celebrate with tidings of comfort and joy.” – from a review by Sylvia Clayton


The Daily Cinema 21 November 1960 p.8 – credits, review

Daily Telegraph 26 August 1980 – note (HTV opera win by Richard Last)
Daily Telegraph 29 December 1980 – review (by Sylvia Clayton)

A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens’s Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida pp.203-204 – credits