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What better way to celebrate Christmas than with one of the most festive stories of all time? Spooky, joyous and full of life lessons, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has become one of the most popular tales to revisit during the winter months and has also been adapted for film more than two dozen times over the last century.
With so many different versions telling the tale of Scrooge and his haunted journey into the past, present and future, it can be difficult to decide which version of A Christmas Carol to show to your classroom. Which adaptation is appropriate for primary school children? Which is the most faithful to the book? Which one is the most entertaining?
In order to answer these questions, Into Film has collaborated with the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) on a special Christmas podcast that takes a look at 3 of the most popular versions of A Christmas Carol and discusses their potential impact on a young audience. The three films discussed are:
We hope that by giving this episode a listen, you will find it a lot easier to decide on which film to screen to your classroom over Christmas this year and beyond.
Spooky version of the classic Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, in which a tightfisted boss is shown Christmas Eve visions to make him change his ways.
Age groupAll ages
Animated version of the classic Christmas tale in which a miserly old man is visited by three ghosts at Christmas, with life changing results.
Age group7–14 years
Get the festive feeling with these Christmas themed films for Primary and Secondary
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films25
We look at how 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' presents a different side to Charles Dickens and demonstrates the influence of 'A Christmas Carol' to this day.
Reading time 6 mins
A selection of films based on classic books and plays frequently studied in the classroom, including titles suitable for all age groups.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films44
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