Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

They're Ebenezer Good; Bah, Humbug! Finding It Hard to Dredge Up Any Christmas Spirit? Marion McMullen Showcases Some Famous Faces Who Have Played the Ultimate Yuletide Cynic. Scrooge

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

They're Ebenezer Good; Bah, Humbug! Finding It Hard to Dredge Up Any Christmas Spirit? Marion McMullen Showcases Some Famous Faces Who Have Played the Ultimate Yuletide Cynic. Scrooge

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Byline: Marion McMullen

KENNY EVERETT'S Christmas Carol was in the "best possible taste". It was broadcast on BBC1 on Christmas Eve 1985 and saw the comedian offer his own zany version of the Dickens classic. Spike Milligan appeared as Scrooge's long dead partner Marley, Peter Cook was the Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come and even Anneka Rice popped up playing a character called Pandora.

ALASTAIR SIM brought Ebenezer to life in 1951 film Scrooge. The movie classic also saw future Minder star George Cole as the young Ebenezer. Sim's performance has been hailed as one of the best screen versions of the Dickens tale and he returned to the role in 1971 to voice the famous miser in the animated movie of A Christmas Carol.

I DON'T believe it! Richard Wilson brought out a book called Scrooge's Guide To Christmas in 1997 while nearly 16 million watched his TV character Victor Meldrew trying to get to grips with the holidays in the 1997 BBC Christmas special of One Foot In The Richard Scrooge Foot In Christmas Grave called Endgame. It saw him dealing with new neighbours and buying a haunted caravan.

FORMER EastEnder Ross Kemp offered an updated version of A Christmas Carol on ITV in 2000. He played tough loan shark Eddie Scrooge. He held his local council estate in a grip of fear so tight that even the pub Alsatian walked the long way round to avoid him. Warren Mitchell played Scrooge's dead father.

TV SHRINK Fraiser would not approve, but Kelsey Grammer was transformed into Ebenezer Scrooge for NBC special A Christmas Carol: The Musical. It first aired on American TV back in 2004 and the score Ross Kemp, Warren Mitchell, Ray Fearon and Ben Inigo Jones in ITV's A Christmas Carol in 2000 featured 22 songs including The Lights Of Long Ago, Link By Link - a reference to Jacob Marley's chain forged in hell - Dancing On Your Grave and Christmas Together.

TOMMY STEELE was one of Britain's first teen pop stars back in the 50s and 60s and went on to appear in musical films like Half A Sixpence, Hans Christian Andersen and Finian's Rainbow. …

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