Advent Calendar House - TV Holiday & Christmas Specials

A Christmas Carol (1984)

Episode Summary

George C. Scott and the Great Corn Inflation. Guests: Erin Evans, Joey O., Anthony Strand.

Episode Notes

🎄It’s 1984, and Ebenezer Scrooge is threatening to raise his asking price for a warehouse full of corn.  

This Christmas Eve episode not only drops on a Scrooge Sunday, but it’s also the Advent Calendar House’s 150th episode. To celebrate, I let listeners vote for which “Christmas Carol” to cover, and the winner is the 1984 TV movie starring George S. Scott, along with original “Equalizer” Edward Woodward as a sassy Ghost of Christmas Present, and we even spotted our favorite Alfred Pennyworth, Michael Gough, as a not-so-portly gentleman.  

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🎙 Guests:  

Erin Evans (@mserinevans).  

Joey O. (Y-Not Radio, @imgonnadj24).  

Anthony Strand (ToughPigs.com, Movin’ Right Along, @durwoodclapper.bsky.social).  

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💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. David Warner in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.”  

2. George S. Scott in “Angus” and “Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.”  

3. “God Bless Us Everyone,” this movie’s theme music by Nick Bicât.  

4. Wikipedia and NO ONE ELSE names one Cratchit child “Michael,” played by Susannah York’s (Mrs. Cratchit) real-life son, Orlando Wells.  

5. Michael Carter (Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) as Bib Fortuna in “Return of the Jedi.”  

6. “It’s Corn,” and My favorite “Futurama” joke.  

7. Scrooge’s grave, allegedly a real, reinscribed headstone, at St. Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury.  

8. Twelve Hundred Ghosts - A Christmas Carol in Supercut.  

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📼 Commercial Break:  

IBM Sponsored Commercial Break from the original airing of “A Christmas Carol.”  

George C. Scott “Read More About It” PSA.  

The Christmas Podcast Network All-Star Comedy Christmas Show!  

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“A Christmas Carol” © 1984 Travenol Laboratories Limited.  

In memory of Jason Gross (1976–2023).  

“Christmas in Your Heart” (from “A Garfield Christmas Special”) performed by Todd from Vista Blue/Second Saturday.