Top 10 Christmas Film and TV:
10 to 6-
10. Scrooge (Ronald Neame, 1970)
Kicking off this list is the first of three adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Neame's musical is the best cinema adaptation, an enjoyable musical with great performances from Albert Finney and Alec Guinness.
9. Are You Being Served-The Father Christmas Affair (Ray Butt, 1976)
The first television episode on the list. This farcical classic about struggling to get some forn of Santa Claus into a Clothes Department for Christmas isn't the kind of thing that usually makes my lists, but it's still plenty of fun.
8. Doctor Who-A Christmas Carol (Toby Jones, 2010)
I usually hate Doctor Who's Christmas specials, but this is the one and only exception. An imaginative retelling of the Dickens classic, visually creative with excellent dialogue throughout, but the true delight is Michael Gambon, in the best ever performance in the Scrooge role.
7. Father Ted-A Christmassy Ted (Declan Lowney, 1996)
Sadly, Graham Linehan (the best living comedy writer) has so far only treated Christmas to his gorgeously messy and absurdist style once-but he really did treat us. A madcap narrative that goes through every possible excuse to make us laugh and to critique the Church (which is why there is a Father Ted), it is not plot that matters. It is the situations, especially an escape from a lingerie shop (I'll leave it to you to see that).
6. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (Richard Boden, 1988)
The greatest ever adaptation of A Christmas Carol, this episode of Blackadder has everything great about Britcom Christmas Specials. Christmas Spirit is not sacred here, and the joy that is given off as a result...masterful.
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