The BBC is going heavy on trailing their version of A Christmas Carol this year, making a big song and dance out of the fact it stars Guy Pearce, is written by Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight and has been exec produced by Tom Hardy. One person who’s been a little left out in the cold though is director Nick Murphy.
Poor Nick was so miffed that the BBC didn’t invite him to take part in a special Q&A event about the show that he ended up turning up anyway to rage at the head of BBC Drama there. His ire hasn’t just been reserved for TV execs either as he’s started taking pot shots at Tom Hardy on Twitter too, claiming that the catering department was more involved in production than Hardy.
There may be some lingering resentment there, as Hardy was set to star in A Christmas Carol (as well as produce) until he suddenly decided to bail out. But if you ask us, Nick, you had a lucky escape.
On set at Hardy and Knight’s previous BBC1 collab, Taboo, crew members reported that Hardy wasn’t shy about staying in character, stark-bollock naked, for much of the time. And we can only imagine what it would have been like trying to direct with the Ghost of Christmas Past’s dick and balls wafting all around.