Christmas Carole review – Suranne Jones is pitch perfect in this instant festive classic
From a ghostly Morecambe and Wise to high-kicking dance numbers, this modern retelling of the Dickens classic is absolutely glorious
Ithink we are all of the same opinion that Christmas Eve cannot be said to have reached its full splendour until the first proper – charming, joyful, fun, family-friendly, tear-inducing – Christmas drama has been consumed. So thank the seasonal gods and commissioners for Christmas Carole (Sky Max), a glorious, modern retelling of Charles Dickens’s tale by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto that will set you up brilliantly for the whole yuletide shebang.
Carole Mackay (played by a pitch-perfect Suranne Jones in her most severe bob and red lipstick yet) is 2022’s Scrooge – a successful, wealthy entrepreneur who is about to become even more wealthy (“I’m giving myself £100m for Christmas!”) through the imminent sale of her Christmas decorations and merchandise business (“Cheap tat!” says the awful Carole, who cares not a jot that she is filling the planet with waste as long as it makes her a profit) to Limpopo. “The massive American online retailer?” asks her put-upon assistant. “No, the river in Africa,” replies Carole, rolling her eyes. I cannot imagine who this is meant to be.