Wednesday, 13 December 2017

You Voted For The Muppets as Best Version of #AChristmasCarol #Dickens


DC Editor Adam writes…

It's a win for the Muppets!




The results of our poll are in! London Walkers and Daily Constitutionalists have spoken... 

The Muppet Christmas Carol is the best screen adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.

(Ooh LW's Fiona WILL be pleased.)


Here's a reminder of our poll...






So let me introduce The Muppets… oh, and some fella from South London…




One issue that did arise from our poll was... What about Finney!?

The poll first went out on Twitter where we had the option to select 4 choices and I'm sorry to say that the great Albert Finney and his musical version missed the cut. Well, that's showbiz!

First to point out my omission was Roger Matthews....


Meanwhile over on Facebook, where I posed the same question, the Finney-ites were up in arms immediately!




Here's a reminder of why he's so popular...





In praise of the runners-up in our poll…


A Christmas Carol with Patrick Stewart as Scrooge (1999)

As well as starring in this 1999 made-for-TV version, Patrick Stewart has adapted and performed in a one-man show of Dickens' beloved 1843 tale in the West End.

He is a terrific Scrooge, but the supporting cast is also something to behold in this straight-ahead faithful-to-the-book version. Richard E Grant's scrawny and consumptive Bob Cratchit is heartbreaking. Saskia Reeves is as quietly noble a Mrs. Cratchit as you will ever see. Fruity old Desmond Barrett is a fecund spirit of Christmas present.

Moment to watch out for... When Scrooge wakes on Christmas morning to find himself redeemed, he laughs heartily... or tries to. It has been such a long time since he used his laugh that it takes a while to get started. Stewart spins comedy gold out of the moment, wheezing and spluttering like an old jalopy on a cold morning before bursting into joyful life.

Here's the scene…







A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim as Scrooge (1951)

If not quite the screen original (that honour goes to the 1938 version starring Reginald Owen) Sim remains, for many, the best Scrooge of all. Certainly for loyal London Walker Michael Inishmaan on Facebook…





(And ta for correcting my spelling Mike! Compliments of the season to you from everyone here.)

Here's a reminder of the great Sim in full spate…




Scrooged with Bill Murray (1988)

Bias alert. This is my favourite version.

Bill Murray plays Frank Cross, a cynical TV exec who has forgotten how to keep Christmas in his heart.

Murray's selfish streak makes Daffy Duck look like Mother Theresa. He is hell bent on winning the TV ratings war at Christmas and when the trailer for his version of Scrooge – packed with violent imagery – causes an elderly viewer to have a heart attack, he is thrilled.

Murray is relentlessly horrid throughout the movie, brilliantly so. The movie is set in New York, but the spirit of London's bleak and empty old Scrooge is alive and well in Murray's performance. And his ghosts are terrific. David Johansen as the Ghost of Christmas Past drives a 1957 yellow cab and rolls the pugnacious vowels of the old-school New York accent with aggressive glee - in abusing a slow driver, he bellows "Get back ta Joisy ya moh-raaahn!". Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Present may look like a fairy from the Christmas tree but she packs a punch - a literal punch – as she takes it upon herself to knock some sense into the wicked Cross before it's too late.

Here's the trailer…





Have we missed your favourite? Drop us a line or leave a comment below…





Christmas 2017 With London Walks…


On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks: 

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square



Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm




A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



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