‘Tis the season of Christmas stories and movies. Which version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is your favorite? There are several versions of them out there now, so it can be hard to keep track of everybody. My sib favors the 1970 musical version with Albert Finney, but there are some equally good contenders.
For example, the 1979 version with Henry Winkler. You get to see the playful and humorous side of Ben Scrooge with his girlfriend during the Christmas Past scenes. Which makes his transformation into a heartless businessman all the more poignant.
The 1999 version with Patrick Stewart isn’t shabby, either. It has a seriously scary Ghost of Christmas Future. Richard E. Grant (Bob Crachit) has a great scene where he grabs the fireplace poker to defend himself, thinking that Scrooge has totally lost his mind after his spiritual transformation.
And let’s not forget the 1984 version with a much younger David Warner as Bob Crachit. Whoa! Quite a change from his role in “Titanic”.
There’s also the Christmas-themed “It’s a Wonderful Life” with James Stewart, always a crowd-pleaser at Christmas. So I heard that Downton Abbey’s gotten into the act with a set of ITV videos created for their Text Santa charity campaign.
I laughed so hard, and I think you will too. Poker and Mrs. Patmore belowstairs? Yep. American guests popping in? Yep. And keep an eye out for Mr. Selfridge and selfies!!! Trust me, you’ve never seen Downton Abbey quite like this.
(Video credit: ITV on YouTube.)