Christmas Carol, A (1999)

Date: 1999
Director: David Hugh Jones
Production Company: Turner Network Television (TNT), Hallmark Entertainment

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey, Ian McNeice, Saskia Reeves
Location(s): Kent, London, Northamptonshire

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Storyline:

A television film adaptation of the famous novel by Charles Dickens in which a mean-spirited businessman receives his terrifying comeuppance.

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A Clergyman (Roger Frost) and four attendants watch the approach of a hearse drawn by two black horses. The church of St. Michael and All Angels, Wadenhoe, Northamptonshire.

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This is the east side overlooking the River Nene. SJ

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The casket containing the body of Jacob Marley is carried to the grave. St. Michael and All Angels church in Wadenhoe.

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Now looking from the north-west. The tree branch in the immediate foreground has broken off but the one to the right, matching well, clings on. SJ

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While Mr. Crump (John Franklyn-Robbins) the Undertaker looks on, Ebenezer Scrooge (Patrick Stewart) stands at the graveside as his former friend and business partner is lowered into the ground. The church yard of St. Michael and All Angels, Wadenhoe.

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The west side of the church looking east. SJ

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Moving on, Scrooge is taken back to his schooldays by the Ghost of Christmas Past where he sees an open carriage taking children home for the holiday. This could be a bridge crossing Gretton Brook in the grounds of Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire.

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The Ghost of Christmas Past (Joel Grey) leads the money-lender to the school building where one boy waits alone.

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Scrooge and the Ghost walk through the old school. Kirby Hall near Deene in Northamptonshire.

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The two enter a schoolroom where they find a younger Ebenezer Scrooge. Kirby Hall is a semi-ruined Elizabethan country house, now managed by English Heritage.

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After his Sister collects Scrooge from school, a coach carries the two away. Kirby Hall can be found along Kirby Lane running between Corby and Deene in Northamptonshire.

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Scrooge tells the Spirit that his Sister later gave birth to his nephew, Fred. In 2005, Kirby Hall was also seen in 'A Cock and Bull Story'.

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The Ghost of Christmas Present (Desmond Barrit) takes Scrooge to the house of his nephew Fred.

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After seeing how Fred celebrates, playing games and enjoying time with friends and family, Scrooge recalls his sister Fran before being led away.

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As he grows older, the Ghost takes Scrooge onward. The Ropery at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent recognised by Bill Rice.

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Scrooge notices something moving beneath the ageing spirit's clothing. Bill Rice believes that this is in the Dockyard at Chatham.

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The Ghost of Christmas Present pulls open his robes to reveal two wretched children, the demonic Want and Ignorance of mankind.

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A distant bell chimes the hour and Scrooge turns to run away when the Ghost disappears. More of the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, located by Bill Rice.

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The Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come appears.

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Scrooge is taken to the Stock Exchange where brokers discuss the death of a colleague. The colonnade of the Royal Navy Chapel in Greenwich SE10.

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A Broker (Stephen Moore) comments that he can't think of anyone who would attend the funeral. The college was also seen in 'Murder by Decree' and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'.

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Another Broker (Gawn Grainger) indicates that the wouldn't attend as he never wears black gloves. Looking into the courtyard of Queen Mary's Quarter at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

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In the rookery, Caroline (Claire Adamson) turns as her husband returns home.

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With a saddened face, Caroline's Husband (Joe Jones) approaches. The background buildings are similar in appearance to those in Myrdle Street, London E1.

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Caroline is told that Scrooge is dead and that they will now have longer to pay off their debt. A closer look higher up the frontages showing blind windows above the first floor.

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Following a visit to Bob Cratchit's household, the Spirit takes Scrooge to a misty graveyard.

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The repenting miser looks down onto his own coffin as the gravestone bearing his name cracks open.

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On Christmas morning, Scrooge returns to the street where his Nephew lives.

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A cheery Scrooge pauses outside Fred's house before knocking at the door.

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