Christmas Spirits: Ghostly Goings on 2022

The festive period often seems to bring ghostly goings on, in terms of  what’s on Christmas television. Of course, A Christmas Carol usually features. This year the Dicken’s classic...
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The festive period often seems to bring ghostly goings on, in terms of  what’s on Christmas television. Of course, A Christmas Carol usually features. This year the Dicken’s classic features twice! But that’s not all that appeared . . .

 

Christmas Carole

Suranne Jones stars in this very loose adaptation of A Christmas Carol from Sky. It’s not likely to make Our All Time Favourite Christmas Movies. It’s one that’s well worth watching if you want a predictable, feel-good watch. Suranne Jones does a decent job in the central role. There are a host of other actors who chip in with good performances in the story, too. They include comedian, Jo Brand. The humour helps to keep things a little fresh, as you go into this knowing what you’ll get. It’s worth watching, but not a memorable take on the timeless Christmas morality fable.

 

Ghosts: 2022 Christmas Special

 

The third Christmas special for popular series, Ghosts. This year it’s Pat (Jim Howick) who gets the spotlight on his character. Once more, this show proves that the two central characters, Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) aren’t what you tune in for. The actors who make up the ghosts are the bread and butter of this sitcom. Pat (Jim Howick) again struggles at Christmas. The slightly melancholy tone is a good counterpoint to the main comedic element. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many real moments of hilarity this year. It’s worth a watch, as it’s only half an hour but don’t expect to spit out your mulled wine through laughter. This is one for the Ghosts fans.

 

Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story (BBC iPlayer)

A 2021 stage production written by and featuring the wonderful Mark Gatiss is one to watch. What’s clear is how much Mark Gatiss loves this story. Gatiss has a proven track record of successfully adapting great works of literature for screen and stage. This version is all the more exciting as even though it’s a recorded performance, you get the tension of it being live theatre. Furthermore, a talented cast really brings the story to life. Nicholas Farrell stars as Ebeneezer Scrooge and is superb. This is a recording from last year made available. A definite Christmas highlight.

 

Ghost Stories For Christmas (BBC iPlayer)

For the past few years, there’s been a short ghost story,  brought to us by (again) Mark Gatiss. Once more, we see how Gatiss loves literature. These screen adaptations are of well-known, classic ghost stories. Viewers can enjoy a selection of tales that are chilling in different ways. There are four available and all are worth a watch. ‘The Dead Room’, Martin’s Close’, ‘The Mezzotint’ and ‘Count Magnus’ are just half an hour each and all enjoyable to see.

 

 

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