Not a 'Bah Humbug' in sight: A CBeebies Christmas Carol

Monday 16 December 2013, 16:25

Andy Day Andy Day Presenter, CBeebies

The cast of CBeebies Christmas Carol The cast of CBeebies Christmas Carol

We recorded A CBeebies Christmas Carol live in front of an audience at The Crucible in Sheffield.  They were all lovely and loud!  I think it really helps your performance when you have a live audience; it’s the best feeling as you become even more immersed in the story. 

It’s a musical and the songs are superb, but it has all the fun of a traditional pantomime. There are some very catchy tunes, which will be sure to have you singing along!

Andy Day as Ebenezer Scrooge

I play miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who doesn't care for those around him or share in the joy of Christmas.  But a little bit of CBeebies magic just might help him to change his ways…  You'll have to tune in to see!

L-R Friend of Christmas Present (KATRINA BRYAN), Ebenezer Scrooge (ANDY DAY)

There’s been a fabulous team working on the production, from the writer to the producer and director, who have kept to the magnificent story, whilst making it appropriate for a young audience.  I’m a huge fan of the story of A Christmas Carol, I grew up on the 1984 film version. My family and I would watch it every year, so I had a real vision of it in my head. I am also a huge fan of The Muppet Christmas Carol (which has Michael Caine as Scrooge) so I approached our CBeebies adaptation with both those Scrooge performances in mind. I wanted to show a mean but vulnerable Scrooge. I always pitied him as a child as he was so lonely and full of hate at the world. 

L-R Fred (BEN FAULKS), Ebenezer Scrooge (ANDY DAY)

The costumes in the show are fantastic. There's a Victorian take on the CBeebies character costumes worn by my co-stars Mr Bloom (pictured above), Mister Maker and even Robert the Robot (pictured below)!  I wear a classic Victorian suit with a top hat and braces, and iconic nightwear like in films. It’s exactly how you would expect Scrooge to look.

Ebenezer Scrooge (ANDY DAY), Friend of Christmas Future (STEVEN KYNMAN)

We're also joined on stage this year by some very special guests, former BBC Children's presenters Derek Griffiths, Iain Lauchlan (with Fingermouse), Dave Benson-Phillips and Baroness Floella Benjamin. I worked quite closely with Derek Griffiths who is such a lovely guy and so very talented. I don't remember him as a child (obviously I'm much too young, cough, cough...) but I do remember Floella and Iain, who I've worked with before.  Dave Benson-Phillips is very funny and I've never met someone with so much energy!  It was brilliant to be on stage with them all, they're iconic!

I had goose bumps on the day we filmed with them, and there was an air of nostalgia from the adults in the audience, as they remembered their childhoods.  I hope you’ll enjoy watching it too, you can see a little preview of what’s to come in the clip below.

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash Installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions. If you're reading via RSS, you'll need to visit the blog to access this content

A CBeebies Christmas Carol is on CBeebies, Friday 20 November at 4.45pm and on BBC One, Christmas Eve at 9.30am.

Andy Day is a presenter for CBeebies. 



Jump to comments pagination
  • rate this

    Comment number 1.

    Sitting with my four-year-old daughter watching this right now (on iPlayer - she wanted to see it again). I googled 'Cbeebies Christmas Carol Cast List' as I couldn't quite believe my eyes - was that really Derek Griffiths I just saw? Yes, at 46 I AM old enough to remember him and all the others on Play School and Play Away back in the 70s. Congrats to you and all at Cbeebies - what you do every day is great. educational, inclusive, and fun. Thanks, and best wishes to all.

    Here's my request for 2014 - how about a 10 minute slot every day for a bit of 'vintage' BBC kids' TV? A bit of Magic Roundabout, Rhubarb, Ivor the Engine, Bagpuss, Ludwig, Mr Ben, Herbs,... I'm sure it's all on Youtube, and I know there's 'new Clangers' on the way. It'd be interesting to see how all that old stuff compares to the new things.


This entry is now closed for comments

Share this page

More Posts

'Sondheim: Inside Out' on BBC Radio 3

Monday 16 December 2013, 11:12

BBC Studios and Post Production at Elstree

Tuesday 17 December 2013, 10:57

About this Blog

This blog explains what the BBC does and how it works. We link to some other blogs and online spaces inside and outside the corporation. The blog is edited by Jon Jacob.

Follow About the BBC on Twitter

Blog Updates

Stay updated with the latest posts from the blog.

Subscribe using:

What are feeds?

External links about the BBC

Barry Davies to make Match of the Day return for 50th anniversary celebrations, BBC announces (Mirror)

Is a Female Time Lord in the Future for ‘Doctor Who’? (TV Week)

The future of the BBC: you either believe in it or you don't (Guardian)

BBC Licence Fee is a bargain - something for everyone and just 40p a day (Mirror)
"The BBC’s job is to deliver to you. Not to politicians or the powerful. Some 96% of the population watch, listen or use the BBC every week"

Veteran BBC broadcaster Gerry Anderson dies (RTE News)
"he'll be sadly missed by all of us, but also by all his loyal listeners, for whom he often brought light on dark days over the decades"

Doctor Who gets new online BBC iPlayer series Doctor Who Extra (Independent)
"essential viewing for everyone who’s ever watched Doctor Who and wondered what it’s a like to be a part of the team that brings this global phenomena to our screens"

Judy Murray to appear on Strictly Come Dancing (Scotsman)

James Alexander Gordon, voice of BBC radio's football results, dies at 78 (Guardian)
"Scottish broadcaster ended four-decade stint of announcing classified results in 2013 after being diagnosed with cancer"

New BBC drama Life in Squares to track lives of Bloomsbury Set (Independent)
"Filming is underway for a new drama delving into the intimate lives of the Bloomsbury Set, including tragic literary great Virginia Woolf."

Happy Valley will be back for a second series (Halifax Courier)

Match of the Day at 50: Happy birthday to a football and broadcasting institution (Telegraph)

Jonathan Ross returning to BBC for first time in four years (Digital Spy)

BBC 'Our World War' episode explores future of digital storytelling (Telegraph)
"This opens up a creative pallet that just wasn't available before"

Frankie Bridge first celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing line-up 2014 (Mirror)

BBC Radio 1 announce 30 Live Lounge acts for Even More Music Month (Digital Spy)

Brits obsessed with the weather? You bet! BBC Weather app is its fastest-growing ever (Tech Radar)
"Most popular checking time? 7am."

Walter, BBC One, Review: 'suspense and laughter' (Telegraph)
"The BBC's new police comedy drama manages to be both profoundly silly and gripping, writes Jake Wallis Simons"

Pointless? It's turned our lives upside down! Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman on what it's like being catapulted to stardom (Daily Mail)

Alex Jones: Why I leapt at the chance to host Tumble (Wales Online)
"Opportunities like a Saturday-night show just don’t come along very often and I was blown away when they asked me to host it"

Did Great British Bake Off survive move to BBC One? (Digital Spy)
"Sensibly the producers have remained firm with their recipe for success"

BBC investigates Top Gear after Jeremy Clarkson gaffes (Guardian)
"Cohen is desperate to stem the tide of controversy which has engulfed the show in recent times"

Phil Neville to help fill the void left by Alan Hansen as Match of the Day analyst for Premier League season (Telegraph)
"Broadcaster has demonstrated its faith in Neville following his nightmare World Cup commentary debut by also confirming him as a co-commentator on Radio Five Live"

Does Mary Berry Cooks mark a breakthrough for older women on TV?Does Mary Berry Cooks mark a breakthrough for older women on TV? (Guardian)"What results is an unapologetically old-fashioned TV show with a presenter who makes no attempt to disguise when she was born"

Last updated Friday 22 August 2014

Blogs from across the BBC

Selected by the About the BBC Blog team.

Match Of The Day At 50: My iconic theme even has a banjo [TV]
Match Of The Day At 50: My iconic theme even has a banjo [TV]
The Edinburgh Fringe - a special place for writers [Writersroom]
A dramatic experience [Outreach]
Parent's experience: starting nursery [CBeebies Grown-Ups]
Referendum debate: Seven key stats about Scotland [Academy]