Jack (Kit Connor) decides to help his Grandpa (Sir Tom Courtenay), a World War II flying ace, who now suffers from Alzheimer's disease, escape from an old folks' home run by Miss Dandy (Jennifer Saunders), who has ulterior motives.
Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three, and he's heading on an epic adventure across the seasons. Will he get back to his family in time for Christmas?
To the annoyance of her cat a kindly witch allows a dog, a bird and a frog who have helped her retrieve things she has lost to ride on her broomstick, making it top heavy. The broom is ... See full summary »
Chloe is a lonely little girl with a mother more interested in entering right-wing politics, father yearning for his old life as a rock guitarist and child prodigy younger sister. One day she meets Mr Stink, a malodorous tramp, and his clever dog the Duchess, and lets them live in the family's garden shed.Written by
I'm not usually one for contemporary children's stories....they're nothing like those told on dear old Jackanory, but this was very good. Good cast, the ever reliable Hugh Bonneville, I didn't even mind Johnny Vegas for once. The young actress playing Chloe did a fine job, and I think I should make a special mention of Duchess the dog, played by Pudsey, who turned in an Oscar winning performance, I shall look out for her in future :)
Anyway, it's a truly heart warming tale - once you get past the odd bit of moralising regarding the homeless, which although one utterly agrees with the sentiment, sometimes one just wants a story that fills one with warmth, and in the case of Mr Stink, a lovely festive glow.
A very worthy 9/10 Ho! Ho! Ho!
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