The Christmas Candle

The Christmas Candle

John Stephenson (2013)

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Our Score
Before he purchased Pinewood, the staunchly Methodist J Arthur Rank used to sponsor religious dramas, and he doubtless would be delighted by the message contained in this festive family offering from his old studio. However, this will probably be remembered for Susan Boyle's acting bow as the singing wife of church warden James Cosmo, who welcomes a new vicar (Hans Matheson) to the Cotswold village of Gladbury some time in the late 19th century. Having had his beliefs tested in the big city, the vicar is not prepared to accept that every 25 years a candle made by the family of a local chandler (Sylvester McCoy) will ensure the recipient's prayer is answered. But faith and fate conspire to teach him a yuletide lesson. That lesson might once have been taken to heart by British audiences, but it's hard to see it having much impact in our cynical times, especially as the script errs too frequently towards sentimental contrivance. But the ensemble is characterful and miracles do sometimes happen.


Legend has it that every 25 years an angel visits the English village of Gladbury and bestows a miracle upon whoever lights the Christmas candle. In 1890, progressive pastor David Richmond arrives to take over the local church and his quest to modernise the parish sets him at odds with the residents - especially when the candle goes missing. Festive family drama based on Max Lucado's novel, starring Hans Matheson, Samantha Barks, John Hannah and Susan Boyle.

Cast & Crew

David Richmond Hans Matheson
Emily Barstow Samantha Barks
Bea Haddington Lesley Manville
Edward Haddington Sylvester McCoy
Herbert Hopewell James Cosmo
Eleanor Hopewell Susan Boyle
Lady Camdon Barbara Flynn
William Barstow John Hannah
Director John Stephenson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Pinewood PicturesReleased on: 13 Dec 2013
Children's Drama