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The Doctor makes tasty mincemeat of Dickens as the Virgin Mary gets the soap treatment and Lucas & Walliams are grounded
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Is it the sherry talking, or is Matt Smith looking more and more like a stretch version of Gordon Ramsay? Interestingly, for lovers of showbiz Christmas cracker trivia, both were promising young footballers forced by injury to become international TV stars. Anyway he was back (Matt, not Gordon) for yesterday's Doctor Who special, a beautifully inventive reworking of A Christmas Carol featuring Michael Gambon as Kazran Sardick, the heartless kingpin of a Dickensian otherworld refusing to help a doomed huge spaceliner full of passengers stranded in one of his clouds. Oh the humanity, Mrs Cratchit! And, lawks, wasn't that Katherine Jenkins frozen alive in an upright »
- Phil Hogan
Showcasing classic movies that have fallen out of copyright and are available freely from the public domain...
Escape from Sobibor, 1987.
Directed by Jack Gold.
Escape from Sobibor is a British made-for-tv movie based on the 1982 book of the same name by Richard Rashke. Set in 1943, the film tells the true story of the uprising at the Sobibor extermination camp where roughly half of the 600 Jewish inmates escaped after members of the underground resistance turned on their captors.
Heading the cast is cult actor Rutger Hauer, who bagged a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Television) for his turn as Red Army Captain and resistance leader Alexander 'Sasha' Pechersky. The film premiered on American television on the CBS network on April 12th, 1987 and was shown on West German TV in January 1989.
There are two versions of Escape from Sobibor »
The Thick Of It star to portray Balthasar in four-part drama for BBC1 this Christmas
The Thick Of It's Peter Capaldi will star as one of the three wise men in Tony Jordan's The Nativity on BBC1 this Christmas in a cast that also includes Cranford's Andrew Buchan and rising star Tatiana Maslany.
Capaldi, who plays the expletive-spewing spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the Thick Of It, will play Balthasar in the four-part drama, with Buchan, who also starred in ITV1's The Fixer, as Joseph.
Maslany, who won a special jury prize for her role in A Grown Up Movie Star at this year's Sundance Film Festival, will play Mary.
- John Plunkett
3 items from 2010
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