Friday, 31 December 2010

Bah Christmas Carol

It's that time of year so the broadcast media are trotting out the usual favourites and old cliches which is fair enough, I suppose. But it seems that this year they've gone overboard on Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'. As well as straight renderings of the story on BBC Radio (with Michael Gough) and on TV (with Patrick Stewart),  amongst others, and readings of the original text on BBC School radio, we've had a plethora of 're-imaginings'. Catherine Tate, Dr Who, Marley Was Dead, More or Less (a statistics programme!), I'm Sorry I Haven't a Christmas Carol, Blackadder, The Muppets and many more have all had a bash at it. You'd think these creative types would get together earlier in the year and trade schedules so that they don't all end up doing the same thing and boring the pants off old curmudgeons like myself.

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