After last year’s hilarious Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning Mischief Theatre Company, the brains behind the hugely successful The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery in the West End, return to the small screen with their take on Dickens’ famous festive fable this Christmas on BBC One.
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.
A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong will be produced by BBC Studios and will feature soon to be announced guest stars and the Mischief Theatre Company fresh from their Broadway triumph of The Play That Goes Wrong.
Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning at the BBC says: "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."
Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy, BBC Studios, says: "It's going to be terrible. I can't wait to see it."
Mischief Theatre Artistic Director, Henry Lewis, says: "We’re absolutely thrilled to be back on the BBC this Christmas, but it is regrettable the BBC don’t know it yet".
Company Director, Jonathan Sayer, says: "I didn't know we were doing this? Do you know when it is filming?"
The Mischief Theatre cast are David Hearn, Chris Leask, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Zamit.
A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong was written by: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, creators of the award-winning stage comedy The Play That Goes Wrong. All 'Goes Wrong' productions are renowned for their highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton-inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing.
The Executive Producers are Steven Canny for BBC Studios and Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd. The Producer is Alex Walsh-Taylor and Director is Richard Boden.
Mischief Theatre’s A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong is a BBC Studios Production for BBC One and is being filmed at dock10 in MediaCityUK Salford.