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A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (2017)

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society hijack a BBC production of A Christmas Carol.


Richard Boden




Credited cast:
Diana Rigg ... Aunt Diana
Henry Shields ... Chris
Jonathan Sayer Jonathan Sayer ... Dennis
Greg Tannahill Greg Tannahill ... Jonathan
Henry Lewis Henry Lewis ... Robert
Dave Hearn Dave Hearn ... Max
Charlie Russell Charlie Russell ... Sandra
Nancy Zamit Nancy Zamit ... Annie
Chris Leask ... Trevor
Ellie Morris ... Lucy
Bryony Corrigan ... Receptionist
Matt Cavendish Matt Cavendish ... Attendant
Harriet Mae Webb Harriet Mae Webb ... Orphan Child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Derek Jacobi ... Himself / Scrooge
Graham Parrington Graham Parrington ... Pallbearer


Following their disastrous production of 'Peter Pan' the Cornley Polytechnic amateur dramatic society have been banned from participating in this year's 'A Christmas Carol' with Derek Jacobi. However the enthusiastic amateurs, undeterred, nobble Sir Derek and the other cast members to stage their own version. There is dissent in the company when Chris and Robert both want to play Scrooge whilst nervous Dennis as Bob Cratchit has to read all his lines off prop and Annie gets glued to her chair. When Lucy's Tiny Tim is knocked out by falling scenery the hulking Robert rather improbably must replace her. With faulty green screen special effects and a seeming romantic betrayal exposed the company's version seems doomed until Sandra's Aunt Diana comes to the rescue. Written by don @ minifie-1

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30 December 2017 (UK) See more »

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A time to call it a day
30 December 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

After last year's pratfalls with Peter Pan, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society have been banished from the BBC, who have decided to use professional actors for their recreation of A Christmas Carol starring Derek Jacobi.

However the inept amateur dramatic society ambushed the BBC production and staged their own version with Dame Diana Rigg providing the narration. She is the aunt of one of the members of the drama society.

Again the production was a shambolic travesty with actors having trouble remembering the lines, props not working, stage hands walking into shot and an actor trying to sabotage the production so he can play the lead role of Scrooge.

The trouble is this was dreadful (unintentionally.) I did not laugh once. It is clear that the joke has worn thin after last year's production.

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