The Carry On (1958-1978,1992) films are considered perhaps one of the great British film franchises, but while the films themselves are dated, cliché, cheap, and largely eyerollingly unfunny, there are a series of much more compelling stories behind the scenes. Probably the most famous of these is the decade long affair between Carry On stars’ Barbara Windsor and Sid James. When I heard there was a film about this relationship, as well as touching on the torment of some of the other stars, I knew I had to check it out. Is it any good? Well, might as well find out.
Right, so we’ve looked at each panto individually, now I want to take a little time to rank them in times of personal feeling, from my least to best like. Won’t take long, you may be able to guess where they all sit, but trust me when I say that this was more difficult than I initially thought it might be.
So, we’ve had too pretty bad pantos in Cinderella (2000) and Aladdin (2000) and on fairly good one in Jack and the Beanstalk (1998), now we have Dick Whittington (2002), will things get better, worse, or stay the same? Christ, I sound like an optician.
Right, so we’ve had one good panto and one bad panto, where does Aladdin (2000) fit? Is it another Jack and the Beanstalk (1998), or will it crash and burn like Cinderella (2000)?
So, here we are at ITV panto number two, Cinderella (2000). Is it as surprisingly decent as Jack and the Beanstalk (1999) or is it actually as naff as the most amateur of primary school productions?
Panto is weird, isn’t it? They’re simple, humorous plays that often deviate heavily from the original source material and are somehow quintessentially English and Christmassy. Despite the fact the majority of them are poorly put together with a limited budget and cast with average acting skills, I do admit a liking for them. By far, the most professional pantos I’ve ever come across are those produced by ITV from 1998 to 2002. There are four of them and for Christmas, I plan to review all of them and then rank them all in order of personal preference. Without further ado, lets begin with Jack and the Beanstalk (2003)
Did you know there are more versions of the EastEnders’ theme than you might think? Sure, most people are aware of Julia’s theme, maybe a few others know about Anita Dobson’s lyrical version “Anyone can fall in love”, but I know of at least eight versions, and I’m sure there are more. Today, I want to go over those eight versions, highlighting them for the many of you who likely aren’t aware of them, and given my views.