Christmas treats on Talking Pictures TV


There are some very special Christmas Treats for lovers of old films coming our way on Talking Pictures TV.


At five past nine on Christmas Eve is my own personal favourite, The Holly and the Ivy. My introduction to this story which was a huge hit in the West End theatres of 1950 was a broadcast of the play on Radio 4 in the early 1970s. This film adaptation was made in 1952, stars among others Ralph Richardson and Celia Johnson.




It centres around a family Christmas gathering at a Norfolk Vicarage. There are tensions in abundance as stories unfold about life, love and duty. It shows a society on the cusp of the great change that occurred in post-war Britain. I love the film, I know it is old but stick with it to the end.


At ten to two on Christmas Day, there is what many regard as the definitive film version of A Christmas Carol, the 1951 adaptation starring Alastair Sim called Scrooge. The Radio Times gives it five stars and says, “Easily the best screen version of the much loved Yuletide tale.”


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Later on Christmas Day, they have the premiere of Oliver Twist. Showing at five forty this 1948 David Lean adaptation is a gem of a film. It stars that giant of the silver screen, Alec Guinness.


There are a host of other goodies on the channel on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, rather than list them all I have highlighted my own three favourites but I can’t end these recommendations without mentioning the fifteen minute short from 1939 which tells the true story of the carol Silent Night.


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It is on at eleven in the morning of Christmas Day and is told from the location where the events took place if you don’t know the story of the carol this is well worth watching.

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