Mischief returns to BBC One with A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong

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by David Prior

Olivier Award-winning Mischief Theatre Company is to return to BBC One this Christmas with its take on a Charles Dickens classic.

A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong, a BBC Studios Production to be filmed at MediaCityUK, follows the company's Peter Pan Goes Wrong from last Christmas, and it also enjoyed success with The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery in the West End.

Blacklisted by the BBC after ruining Peter Pan, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are not taking their ban lying down and force themselves back on the BBC by hijacking the jewel of the Christmas schedule, a ‘live’ production of A Christmas Carol staged by a professional cast.

The following hour finds the Cornley gang trying to make the show work on ‘live’ television as they soon realise they are completely out of their depth with no idea how to direct a live studio or handle special effects and are having their own internal rivalries revealed on television. Plus, there’s an angry professional cast trying to get back into the studio.

Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning at the BBC, said: “This promises to be a viewing treat for all the family as the Dickens classic gets the full Mischief treatment. Expect chaos and a shambles from start to finish, a bit like most people’s experience of Christmas itself.”

Mischief Theatre Artistic Director, Henry Lewis, added: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be back on the BBC this Christmas, but it is regrettable the BBC don’t know it yet”.

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