In 2009 Catherine Tate had an idea to make Nan's Christmas Carol. Despite being told that it was far too late to put a special into production for that year (apparently it was already November) the cast and crew managed to pull-off a truly excellent special that deserves to be remembered.Rhianna Evans, The Comedy Blog, 21st December 2019
It's been a grim twelve years since The Catherine Tate Show aired its final episode.Ciara Knight, JOE, 16th October 2019
Catherine Tate has filmed a sketch for Children In Need 2013. Set in Holby Hospital, it features the comedian in character as Nan.British Comedy Guide, 4th November 2013
I haven't always been a fan of Catherine Tate's Nan either, admiring the character work but finding the essential joke a little repetitive. But Catherine Tate: Nan's Christmas Carol managed to refresh two overworked franchises simultaneously: Tate's horrible old lady gag and Charles Dickens' snow-dusted morality tale. Nan makes a perfect Scrooge, hideously unseasonal when Uncle Bob Cratchit turned up on a visit from Yorkshire with his queasily cheerful children. She wasn't exactly pleased with the gift they'd given her - a charity donation to the Mobile Library of Sudan. "It's a picture of an Arab man standing next to a donkey with half-a-dozen copies of The Da Vinci Code strapped to its back," she said witheringly on opening the envelope. It's an alternative present, her great-niece explained. "What... alternative to something I wanted?" she snapped back. She demanded ID from the Ghost of Christmas Past and told the Ghost of Christmas Future that his introductory video was rubbish. Offered the chance to change the future after her admonitory vision of a loveless old age and lonely funeral, the first thing she asked was, "Could they bring back Lovejoy... I do love it."Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent, 28th December 2009
Catherine Tate's Nan, a ruthlessly truthful creation, is best taken short. Nan's Christmas Carol (BBC1, Friday), longer than usual and later than usual because of Nan's language, cast her as a combatative Scrooge making three ghosts and her deceased husband sorry they were born. Or died. The most eye- catching ghost was David Tennant, who bore a striking resemblance to Russell Brand.Nancy Banks-Smith, The Guardian, 28th December 2009
Remember Nan, the terrifyingly two-faced character from The Catherine Tate Show? Warm and cuddly one minute and swearing like a TV chef the next? It always felt like Nan deserved a life beyond the sketch show, and now she gets it, taking the Scrooge role in what we imagine will be the loosest of adaptations of A Christmas Carol. What a bleedin' liberty!David Butcher, Radio Times, 25th December 2009
A Christmas Carol has seen many film and TV incarnations over the years. But this is perhaps the most bizarre and clever of all a comic retelling with Catherine Tate's acid-tongued Nan as Scrooge.
The writers have taken some bleedin liberties with the original story (Tiny Tim is a dog and the ghost of Christmas Present wears skinny jeans) but its a laugh-fest from beginning to end.The Mirror, 24th December 2009