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Scrooge (1951) - A Timeless and Faithful Adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol

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Scrooge (1951) - A Timeless and Faithful Adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Christmas is coming and we’re looking at the classic film Scrooge to get in the mood; no one ever said ‘Bah, humbug’ better than Alastair Sim, says James Oliver... Since its publication back in 1843, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has (probably) done more to shape attitudes to Christmas than anything else, in the UK and US at least. It’s not that Dickens invented what we now think of as ancient traditions, although he certainly codified them. Rather, it’s the emphasis he placed on the magic of Christmas – not magic of the supernatural sort, even though his tale is...

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Beyond Bollywood: 6 Best Films Set in India

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Beyond Bollywood: 6 Best Films Set in India

The spotlight is on India as Victoria & Abdul hits cinemas. Starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria, the comedy drama centres on the true – and surprising – friendship that grew between the Queen and her Indian servant Abdul Karim. Our relationship with the Indian subcontinent and its culture and customs has inspired numerous films set in India. We’ve selected six of our favourites.   And you can see our full collection celebrating India in film and television Viceroy’s House Hugh Bonneville stars as Lord Mountbatten, Queen Victoria’s grandson and the last Viceroy of India, in this revealing look at...

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6 of the best Agatha Christie film and TV adaptations

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6 of the best Agatha Christie film and TV adaptations

The queen of crime, Agatha Christie, is arguably the bestselling writer of all time. She’s written 66 detective novels and is the creator of the world-famous sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. We’ve handpicked our favourite film and TV adaptations for you to investigate further… The first trailer is out for Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, and it promises to be a lavish and very starry production. Pulling into cinemas this November, this is the biggest Agatha Christie film adaptations in years. It boasts a cast of A-listers, a glittering mix of modern and classic...

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Reasons why we’ll always love Doctor Finlay

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Reasons why we’ll always love Doctor Finlay

Alan Finlay is arguably Britain’s most unforgettable TV doctor, the star of the BBCs hit medical drama series Doctor Finlay’s Casebook, first broadcast in 1962. With an abundance of high-octane hospital dramas such as Casualty and Holby City on TV today, what keeps us returning to the small Scottish medical practice in Tannochbrae and its young, handsome Doctor, over 50 years on? It is gentle yet fascinating Dr. Finlay’s Casebook is the antithesis of modern medical dramas which are usually set in huge city hospitals where each episode features multiple storylines, filled with melodrama and gory moments. By contrast, Dr. Finlay’s...

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World War Two Cinema – Depiction through the Decades

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World War Two Cinema – Depiction through the Decades

Just over 77 years on from the Dunkirk Evacuation, the memory and respect of those involved remains fresh in not only the British public's memory but of the whole world. One of the most anticipated movies of 2017 hits the silver screen on Friday the 21st of July. Showcasing the heroic Dunkirk spirit that saved over 330,000 fighting men, awakening the sleeping British lion in a moment all Britons can truly be proud of. A moment in history that should never be forgotten has been remembered and displayed through the art of cinema for decades. The release of Dunkirk brings...

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