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Rewind TV: Great Expectations; Mrs Dickens' Family Christmas; Doctor Who; Downton Abbey; The Borrowers; Felix and Murdo – review

31 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It was a dark, bleak, Dickens-filled Christmas – and really rather captivating

Great Expectations (BBC1) | iPlayer

Mrs Dickens' Family Christmas (BBC2) | iPlayer

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (BBC1) | iPlayer

Downtown Abbey Christmas Special (ITV1) | ITV Player

The Borrowers (BBC1) | iPlayer

Felix and Murdo (C4) | 4Od

It was a Dickens-heavy Christmas and all the better for it. By that, I don't mean the rosy confected one of bantering ho-hos and seething subterranean hypocrisies which Charles essentially invented. It was a dark, bleak, clever one, with ghostly waving branches and awkward truths – possibly rather suitable to end the year we've just had.

There was, of course, Great Expectations, over three grimly fabulous nights. You knew it was going to be good from the off, when a muddied Ray Winstone as Magwitch grabbed Pip's foot from under the bridge, those skies above the marshes a cloying grey shroud of claustrophobic tension. »

- Euan Ferguson

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Rewind TV: Great Expectations; Mrs Dickens' Family Christmas; Doctor Who; Downton Abbey; The Borrowers; Felix and Murdo – review

31 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It was a dark, bleak, Dickens-filled Christmas – and really rather captivating

Great Expectations (BBC1) | iPlayer

Mrs Dickens' Family Christmas (BBC2) | iPlayer

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (BBC1) | iPlayer

Downtown Abbey Christmas Special (ITV1) | ITV Player

The Borrowers (BBC1) | iPlayer

Felix and Murdo (C4) | 4Od

It was a Dickens-heavy Christmas and all the better for it. By that, I don't mean the rosy confected one of bantering ho-hos and seething subterranean hypocrisies which Charles essentially invented. It was a dark, bleak, clever one, with ghostly waving branches and awkward truths – possibly rather suitable to end the year we've just had.

There was, of course, Great Expectations, over three grimly fabulous nights. You knew it was going to be good from the off, when a muddied Ray Winstone as Magwitch grabbed Pip's foot from under the bridge, those skies above the marshes a cloying grey shroud of claustrophobic tension. »

- Euan Ferguson

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