A Christmas Carol viewers heartbroken over Tiny Tim’s ‘hard-hitting’ and ‘grim’ death

The dark retelling of the classic left viewers heartbroken (Picture: BBC)

A Christmas Carol is known to end on a note of hope but that was very nearly dashed from viewers as they watched poor Tiny Tim (Lenny Rush) drown in the lake.

The young boy of Bob Cratchit (Joe Alwyn) misbehaved and stole his sister’s skates, falling through thin ice to the depths below.

As Ebeneezer Scrooge (Guy Pearce) watched in horror, the Ghost of Christmas Future forced him to watch the scenes unfold in his office – with the scene playing out on the roof.

So Scrooge was forced to feel like he was underwater with the child as he struggled to get out.

Viewers were horrified as the seven-year-old struggled for breath before swelling and dying as he floated in front of a petrified and guilty-looking Ebeneezer, who blamed himself for the death.

Tiny Tim couldn’t survive his ice fall (Picture: BBC)
Scrooge was forced to watch the boy die in an image above his head (Picture: BBC)

Some even compared the dramatic scenes to the now iconic and harrowing baby scene of Trainspotting, where the dead child of the heroin addicts was seen crawling across the ceiling as Renton suffered withdrawls.

The moment was praised by viewers online for its bold approach to the horrific moment, which in less dark versions saw the sick youngster simply succumb to his illness and pass away surrounded by his family.

The twist was unexpected, and as a result served as a gutpunch to those who watched it.

Thankfully, it was all hypothetical, and what would have happened if Scrooge refused to change his ways.

The death of Tim was taken particularly hard by Scrooge, who when confronted with his own mortality via his dead business partner Jacob Marley, decided he would live without forgiveness if the boy got to live.

It’s a sudden change in the character who, as we discovered, developed a hatred of Christmas thanks to his father, who had left him in the hands of an abusive schoolteacher every winter holiday in exchange for no school fees.

And a final twist in the tale suggested that Mrs Cratchit (Vinette Robinson) who was behind the ghostly visit, calling upon their help to see the evil businessman face up to his cruel ways.

A Christmas Carol is available now on BBC iPlayer.

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