Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Your Favorite Books Brought to Life - BBC Minseries News Christmas Edition

December and the holidays are now upon us and the BBC has been plentiful with their presents this year! So let's take a look at what the coming month has to offer us Anglophiles...

Well, the much blogged about (by me) two part Cranford Christmas special is drawing ever nearer. But this little bit of casting news has me in an apoplexy of joy! Tim Curry is in it! He will play the conjurer Signor Brunoni. Also, in an effort to make sure the denizens of Cranford stick to their Gaskell roots, the production is firstly incorporating characters that didn't get included in the first telling, including Signor Brunoni. But secondly it's looking to Gaskell's other works using both her story, The Moorland Cottage and The Cage at Cranford for inspiration. Oh, I can't wait. On a final Cranford note (for now) Carl (P&P) Davis is back doing the score and there will be a behind the scenes special entitled: Corsets, Carriages and Christmas at Cranford (way to go for alliteration!)

In more "classics" news, the new adaption of The Turn of the Screw will also be airing... A new adaptation of A Child's Christmas in Wales staring Ruth Jones of Gavin and Stacey, will be shown and I'm sure harshly judged by my father (it's one of his favorite stories). But as I said, at least Ruth Jones is Welsh! Plus, after her turn in both Tess and Little Dorrit, she has proven she can do period pieces as well as being the best friend to the only gay in the village. But is anyone else a bit worried there was no mention of Lark Rise to Candleford's Christmas episode?

Elsewhere on the BBC, David Tennant is back battling the Master, while Donna, his erstwhile companion Catherine Tate is back for her very own Christmas Special... I really wonder if this one will top her previous foray into the holidays with lots of angry letters from viewers... personally I didn't find it too offensive, unless you really dislike watching Catherine make out with George Michael. There is also going to be a Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special attached to the currently airing 3rd season. Also in what is sure to be the weirdest spoof documentary since Christopher Guest and the gang first created Martin Di Bergi, we have Steve Coogan: The Inside Story to look forward to. Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer help Steve chronicle his rise to fame. Also diconcerting... no mention of The IT Crowd's rumored Christmas episode...


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