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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 26 December 2019 at 1:54pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply


I caught about 60 seconds of it, two nights ago, at the part where Scrooge has a vision of Tiny Tim drowning in a frozen pond.

I will never watch the rest of this.  Ever.



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Ian David
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Posted: 26 December 2019 at 6:36pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Can't view the link posted(location block) but I've seen other things related to the new BBC version. Not seen it yet as xmas has been busy so far, so I reserve criticism or praise. Afew things I's say beforehand:

Not a fan of these creators. I've yet to buy in to the success of Peaky Blinders. Very successful over here. Tried it, but didnít get more than acouple of episodes in, and that bandwagon passed me by.

Not against grim and gritty for this story in and of itself. I think it lendsitself to that to a degree. Itís a ghost story, a morality tale and its set in Victorian London.Thereís a lot of dark background in any of those concepts. The one I had growing up scared me. Itís totally unthreatening by modern standardsbut for a lad of my time, it was scary and had grim elements.

Despite the above my favourite filmed version is the muppets one. It will take a lot to usurp that as my favourite version.

Edited to insert missing spaces - my space bar does not seem to register as often as it should.



Edited by Ian David on 26 December 2019 at 6:41pm
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Brandon Frye
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Posted: 27 December 2019 at 5:00pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

As I've always been very happy with BBC productions, I threw caution to the wind and gave this one a look. 

Now, much like the Ghost of Christmas Future, I can perhaps save the rest of you from a similar fate. 

****Mild Spoilers****


If it's not already on your must-miss list, consider the following:
  • We learn that Ebenezer Scrooge as a child was was abused by his father and later molested by a teacher at his boarding school
  • Scrooge makes a sexual proposition to Bob Cratchit's wife
  • Scrooge and Marley ran sweat shop type businesses, one of which resulted in many deaths
  • Lots of F-bombs
Now that you've all been sufficiently warned, I'm going to go watch the Albert Finney Scrooge (my favorite) which will hopefully watch the stink of this one from my memory.



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Bill Collins
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Posted: 28 December 2019 at 1:34am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

It was too long, too gory, too grim. I hated that they
had Scrooge proposition Mrs Cratchit to pay for life
saving surgery for Tiny Tim. The sweat shops and mining
tagedy`s were unnessesary too. It appears they added all
this superfluous stuff to drag a novella out for 3
hours.
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