Archive on 4 is a History Documentary programme.

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Archive on 4

Christopher Frayling explores how Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol has endured in popular culture for over 170 years. Victorian families sat around the fire to read Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, over the festive season. It became an annual ritual. Now we might sit around the TV and watch It's A Wonderful Life - an Americanised version of the story. In between, there have been countless takes on the book - adapted for public readings, radio, television, film and stage. Cultural historian and writer Christopher Frayling considers how this short novel has shaped Christmas as we know it today, and discusses the circumstances in which it was written.

Genre: History Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Archive on 4 next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Radio 4 Extra December 22nd, 8:00am and on BBC Radio 4 Extra December 22nd, 3:00pm. See more...

Main Cast

Image for John BarrowmanJohn Barrowman
Matthew Parris
Courtney Pine