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Frank Capra's 1946 black-and-white film starring James Stewart as a suicidal bank manager beats modern fare to first place

The Frank Capra festive favourite It's a Wonderful Life has been named Britain's favourite Christmas film in a poll for the Radio Times.

The 1946 film beat the Richard Curtis romantic comedy Love Actually and Will Ferrell festive caper Elf to the top spot in the survey of just over 2,000 people. The Muppet Christmas Carol, from 1992, and 1990's Home Alone rounded out the top five.

It's a Wonderful Life is the story of downcast bank manager George Bailey, played memorably by the late, great James Stewart, who sets out to kill himself on Christmas Eve but changes his mind when a guardian angel helps him realise he has made a difference in the world. The film was recently in the news after a pair of Hollywood producers who were not involved in »

- Ben Child

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