This is a beautiful little film about how and why our most cherished author, Charles Dickens, came to write A Christmas Carol.
The cast consists of a large ensemble of top British acting talents. The script is sharp, humorous without descending into farce and very entertaining.
It does not take a straight biographical narrative but turns the story into an allegory, in the style of Dickens himself.
The fearful side of early 19th century London life is well represented, while at the same time; the viewers’ sympathetic and nostalgic emotions are gently stirred to a crescendo at the climax of the story.
I predict this film will become a staple television entertainment of Christmases yet to come, just as the Christmas Carol itself has.
First class family entertainment so 5 stars out of five for this seasonal treat.