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Apple TV Plus orders a Christmas special, but will that convince you to sign up?

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If you're thinking it's too early to be writing Christmas articles, we do agree – but if you're interested in the latest Apple TV Plus shows being announced for the incoming streaming service, there's some festive cheer coming your way.

Apple TV Plus has announced a Christmas special featuring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, Detective Pikachu), and comedian Will Ferrell (Anchorman, Zoolander).

The show will be a musical take on A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' classic tale of a miserly, penny-pinching old man (presumably Ferrell) who's visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve and moved to change his ways.

There have been countless adaptations of the story over the years, with the likes of Jim Carrey, Michael Caine (along with The Muppets), and Patrick Stewart all having taken on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Ryan Reynolds will no doubt be a big draw, and given the meta-fictional nature of his famous Deadpool character, we'd love to see the red-suited mutant make an appearance of sorts – especially given Deadpool got a Christmas-themed appearance of sorts in the PG-13 Once Upon A Deadpool (see image above). 

However, given rivalry between Apple TV Plus and the soon-to-launch Disney Plus streaming service, it would hardly be surprising if Disney declined to lend its character to Apple.

'Tis the TV season

A Christmas Carol will join a roster of Apple TV Plus shows, including the Jason Mamoa series See, Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon dramedy The Morning Show, and even a revisionist biopic of the 19th century poet Emily Dickinson.

Apple TV Plus is clearly trying to harness some big-name stars – and big name historical figures – to increase the profile of its programming. However, can't help but feel that its show curation is a bit scattergun, without the sheer volume to cater to a broad range of tastes in the same way as Netflix, and we'll be curious to see how unified the offering feels at launch.

Via The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab)

Henry is a freelance technology journalist. Before going freelance, he spent more than three years at TechRadar reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and persistent theatre enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted. Bylines also include Edge, T3, and Little White Lies.