A Christmas Carol, episode 1 review: is Guy Pearce too handsome to play Scrooge?

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Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol Credit: BBC

Who is your Ebenezer Scrooge? Alastair Sim? Albert Finney? Michael Caine, ably assisted by Kermit the Frog? Everyone has a favourite adaptation of A Christmas Carol. But while this new BBC One version of the Charles Dickens classic (from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight) has many things going for it, I doubt it’s going to be top of anyone’s Christmas list.

The challenge of playing Scrooge is to keep the audience invested in your story despite the fact you’re playing a dreadful misanthrope whom everybody hates. Bafflingly, Guy Pearce has been cast in the lead role. At 51, but with a Hollywood handsomeness, he doesn’t bear the “old features” Dickens described. 

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