Narrator 1: Scrooge opens the window and breathes in the fine, crisp air.
Scrooge: Ah! bouquet de Rotherham.
Narrator 1: He sees a boy walking below.
Scrooge: I say, what day is it, my boy?
Boy: You what? It's Christmas Day of course! (To himself) Dozy old fool.
Scrooge: It's Christmas Day. I haven't missed it. The ghosts have done all their work in a single night.
Narrator 1: He leans further out of the window.
Scrooge: Now, mine fine fellow. Do you know the meat shop in the next street but one? At the corner? Go and buy that big turkey for me. Have it sent to this address (writes out a slip of paper). I'll give you a shilling. (To himself) Bob Cratchitt won't know who sent it. It's twice the size of TinyTim!
Boy: Right you are mate. A shilling says all you need!
Narrator 2: He laughs as he pays for the turkey. He laughs as he looks at the door knocker. He laughs as he gets dressed in his very best clothes. He even laughs as he walks down the street. People stare at him in amazement. They think he's... unwell.
Scrooge: Good morning, Sir!
Passerby 1: Er, good morning, Mr Scrooge. How very strange! (To himself) He's so grumpy normally.
Scrooge: Good morning, Madam! A fine morning it is to be sure. Is that a new frock? Splendid indeed.
Passerby 2: Good morning to you, Mr Scrooge. Why thank you. I bought it from Old Look in the High Street. (To herself) How strange that Mr Scrooge of all people should be interested in fashion. He's normally such a scruffbag! Though today... hmm, a handsome gentelman indeed!
Passerby 3: (to passerby 2): Quite a catch I'd say. He's a babe!
Gentleman from earlier: Is it Mr Scrooge? It cannot be! The last time we met you were a different man by far. You may not remember me, as I looked slightly different in the previous scene.
Scrooge: Yes, Sir! That is my name. Yet I am afraid you may not wish to hear it, I have been so rude to you in former years. May I ask you to forgive me? To recompense, I'd like you to accept this amount of English pounds for your charity (whispers in his ear).
Gentleman: Lord bless me! My dear Mr Scrooge. Are you entirely serious? I have only ever dreamt of that many English pounds. Oh my good Lord, what our charity could buy with (whisper) English pounds. My head veritably spins at the thought of it. I must sit down.
Scrooge: Calm yourself, my dear Sir, I'm entirely serious. (Whisper) English pounds and not a penny less. It will make up for all the years I have refused to give money to the poor.
Gentleman: Oh my stars and planets. This is a day to remember! Ebenezer Scrooge, the famous miser, skinflint, miseryguts, cruel and heartless ratbag, oppressor of the poor and an employer worse even than British Oxygen...
Scrooge: That'll do, we're looking for sponsorship from them...
Gentleman: Forgive me, Mr Scrooge. I am all overcome by your unexpected and extreme generosity. (Whisper) pounds! Oh my stars! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Narrator 2: They shake hands enthusiastically. Rather too enthusiastically to be frank. Scrooge walks on to his nephew Fred's house. He passes the door several times before he dares to knock.
Mr Carson: Good day, Sir. Ah, Mr Scrooge. If you'd care to step this way. Young Mr Fred is in the company of friends and acquaintances at the current moment. I'll see if he's taking furher guests..... Yes he is.
Fred: (to his guests) ...So I said to judge, "if you think I'm paying that, you can jolly..." (sees Scrooge) Well bless my soul! Who is this? Why it's...
Scrooge: Your Uncle Scrooge. I have come to eat Christmas dinner with you. Will you let me in Fred.
Fred: Why of course, my dearest Uncle. We're holding our Christmas celebrations this very moment and you're most, most welcome. I'm sure we could make an additional space at the table. Mince pies, turkey with all the trimmings and all that. But Uncle, why the unexpected visit? Not that we're not most grateful to see you on this festive occasion...Cranberry sauce! Ooh yes.
Scrooge: Fred, my dear boy, I've had a revelation, an epiphany! I'm a changed man. And family comes first with me.
Fred: I'm glad to hear it Uncle. As ever you're welcome at this house any time you like. As you say family comes first, particularly at Christmas, and what's mine shall be yours. Let me introduce to my house guests: This is Mr Cameron and his beautiful wife Samantha (they all shake hands); this is Mr Murdoch and his elegant wife Wendy (they shake hands); Mr McShane and his charming little invoices (they shake hands). Oh Uncle, what a pleasure to see you in this distinguished company. Come, come, be seated everyone. (To Servant) Mr Carson, lay another place for my Uncle; bring him grape juice and seasonal party accoutrements.
Mr Carson: (To Scrooge) Your crackers, sir.
Narrator 3: The next day at the office, Scrooge is there early. The clock strikes nine.
Clock: Bong! Bong! Bong! Bong! Bong!...
Narrator 3: You get the idea. Bob comes in late, goes straight to his stool and begins to write. Trying not to catch Scrooge's eye. Scrooge is feeling mischievous.
Scrooge: Good morning. And what do you mean coming in to work at this time of day? I pay you for a full day, not a half of one.
Bob: I'm very sorry, Sir. I've had a lot on this morning. I'm not usually late, not like that Jessie, she's terrible! I'll work extra, Sir! Double I'll work. I.. I.. need this job, Sir. What with my over-large family and all.
Scrooge: Step this way, if you please, Sir.
Bob: But it's only once a year, Sir. I promise I shall not do it again. I wasn't off with a hangover, Sir. It's nothing to do with the ale. I haven't touched a drop since that unfortunate incident at the Dog and Duck. I assure you, Mr Scrooge, I am the best worker you'll ever employ and I'll be forever in your gratitude if you forgive me this one insignificant slight.
Scrooge: (laughing) A Merry Christmas, Bob! I shall raise your salary and help your family in any way I am able. Now make up the fire and take the rest of the day off.
Narrator 4: Employer and employee bustle about the by-now warm office, the best of friends.
Narrator 5: But Scrooge did even more than he had promised. He became like a second father to Tiny Tim, who did not die.
Narrator 6: He became a good friend to everybody, everywhere. Some people laughed at the change in him. They even called him bonkers. But Scrooge was happy - he loved and was loved in turn. It was a feeling he'd never felt before and he wasn't going to let it go.
Narrator 7: People always said that he knew how to celebrate Christmas beter than anybody. Let that be true of us all.
Scrooge: A Merry Christmas, one and all!
Cast in order of appearance:
Narrator 1: Rebecca
Windows: Rachel & Daniel
Narrator 2: Natasha
Passerby 1: Charlie
Passerby 2: Jaia
Passerby 3: Lois
Mr Cameron: Lawson
Mr Murdoch: Hayden
Mr McShane: Charlie
Invoices: Rebecca, Chloe, Natasha
Narrator 3: Ryan
Narrator 4: Chloe
Narrrator 5: Mollie
Narrator 6: William
Narrator 7: Isobel