Sir Derek Jacobi and Dame Diana Rigg are joining the cast of A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong for its TV debut in BBC One to Christmas.
The special adaptation of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale will see Jacobi play the famous miser Ebenezer Scrooge in the BBC’s ‘professional’ production of A Christmas Carol – until it is hijacked by the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society and he is hauled out while on air.
Rigg is playing the aunt of Sandra, one of the Cornley crew, and will also step in as the narrator, as well as on the accelerator as she races against the clock to make it to the recording before the curtains close.
Speaking about joining the madness of the comedy play, Jacobi said: “It’s always a delight to be reacquainted with Dickens and A Christmas Carol is emblematic of this time of year. I hear that last year’s festive theatre production was an all-out shambles, but thankfully the BBC has called in the professionals for this one…”
Rigg added: “I can’t wait to bring merriment and mischief to audiences this Christmas, with the wonderful Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society. And I have also been entrusted with another very important job – all will be revealed soon but let’s just say hearts will be warmed this winter!”