The ITV Pantos: The Rankings

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.

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Dick Whittington (2002)

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.

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Jack and the Beanstalk (1998)

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)

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Benny4700’s Top Twelve Favourite Greek Myths

I’m a very nostalgic person and now that I’m at university I find myself constantly looking back on the fantastic times I had at Sixth Form, the amazing friends I made and the life lessons I learned (God I sound like Mary Alice Young from Desperate Housewives…) The point is that I, as most people who know me well will attest, adore Classical mythology and history. I studied it at A level, my bookshelves are lined with Tacitus and Suetonius and I was raised on Greek mythology, so I have decided to honour the Classical Greek religion by listing my top 12 (because of the 12 Olympians) Greek myths, not only as a tribute to Classical Greece but also as a little trip down nostalgia lane for me. Remember that this list in entirely subjective and chances are you may not feel the same.

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An Inspector Calls (1946)

Ahh Capitalism how I love you so. Your far more advanced than silly old Socialism, oh yes you are, whose a good political system? That’s right you are, yes you are!…Oh yeah right , sorry….Today I fancy reviewing something I had to read for GCSE. An attack on the Capitalist system in an intelligent way. This is J.B Priestly’s an Inspector Calls.

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