A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of the staples of Christmas. As well as the original book, it’s possible to watch adaptations involving among others Bill Murray, Jim Carey, Patrick Stewart, and (mine and Megan’s favourite) Michael Caine. It has even been used for specials like Doctor Who.

This iconic story has been reimagined and reinvented many, many times and yet… how many times have you seen Scrooge as a woman? Ms Scrooge does exist, but only in minor adaptations that receive very little fanfare or attention.

Is there something about this story that puts it in the firm remit of men and their experiences? Who are the women in A Christmas Carol and what influence, if any, do they have over events?

Patrick Stewart as Scrooge

Texts and more mentioned in this episode include:

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (duh!)
  • A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
  • Scrooged (1988)
  • A Christmas Carol (1999)
  • Scrooge (1970)
  • Doctor Who
  • Barbie
  • Herne the Hunter
  • Woden
  • Ebbie (1995)
  • Ms Scrooge (1997)
  • A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)
  • A Carol Christmas (2003)
  • It’s Christmas, Carol! (2012)