Shockingly, it rained today - the first time in weeks. The perfect time to curl up on the sofa to watch that great Christmas tradition, It's a Wonderful Life. The fact that it was on a video cassette, made in 1946 and in B&W rather put off our girls, but they stuck around. Me? I've seen it several times and it never fails to choke me up. The combination of do-gooder George Bailey, doting wife and impossibly cute family up against the scheming capitalist Mr Potter in picket-fenced Anytown USA made for a wholesome, morally upright story. But it's the appearance of guardian angel Clarence which transforms the film from pure sentimentalism to quirky science fiction. Would the town's inhabitants been better off if George Bailey had never been born? Perish the thought.
Interestingly, the film was not a success when first released but has gained fans and plaudits much later. I gather there was even talk of a sequel being made this year but nothing's come of it.