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Derek Jacobi and Diana Rigg to star in Mischief Theatre Christmas TV show

Derek Jacobi. Photo: Johan-Persson
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Derek Jacobi and Diana Rigg will star in A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong on BBC One.

Jacobi will play Ebenezer Scrooge in the comedic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel by Mischief Theatre Company.

Rigg is playing the aunt of Sandra, one of the crew at the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society which the show is centred around, and she will also step in as the narrator.

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.”

A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong is written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong.

It is produced by Alex Walsh-Taylor for BBC Studios, with executive producers Steven Canny for BBC Studios, Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.