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The Man Who In­vented Christ­mas (PG) Home Alone, Die Hard, It’s A Won­der­ful Life and, my per­sonal favourite, Scrooged.

There have been lots of clas­sic Christ­mas movies that many of us take great plea­sure in watch­ing ev­ery time Santa Claus plum­mets down our chim­neys.

The Man Who In­vented Christ­mas doesn’t quite fall into that cat­e­gory, but does de­liver enough fes­tive-flavoured fun to make it a worth­while stock­ing-filler.

Based on Les Stan­di­ford’s book, it tells the story of the jour­ney that led to the cre­ation of Charles Dick­ens’ time­less tale A Christ­mas Carol.

Fresh from his roar­ing turn in Beauty and the Beast, Dan Stevens stars as Dick­ens with the leg­endary Christo­pher Plum­mer pop­ping up as Dick­ens’ imag­ined take on Ebenezer Scrooge.

In­dian di­rec­tor Bharat Nal­luri (Spooks: The Greater Good) keeps the spot­light on Stevens in vir­tu­ally ev­ery scene and the ac­tor’s fop­pish charm reg­is­ters well as he em­bod­ies Dick­ens with en­ergy, vul­ner­a­bil­ity and a sense of won­der.

Su­san Coyne makes her movie writ­ing de­but adapt­ing Stan­di­ford’s novel and sticks closely to the source ma­te­rial.

A clever plot de­vice sees Dick­ens con­jure up char­ac­ters that he’s look­ing to fea­ture in his story from peo­ple in his ev­ery­day life and that al­lows for Plum­mer to take the ball and run

Writer’s block Dan Stevens stars as iconic au­thor Charles Dick­ens

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