Did anyone else happen to watch Scrooge on Channel 5 on Christmas Eve?
Known as one of the finest versions ever made starring Alastair Sim, Channel 5 had managed to find a copy that made it look and sound as if it was recorded in 1925 rather than 1951.
The picture was grainy and unfocused and the sound was echoey and distorted, did anyone else watch this and wonder why or was it just a figment of my imagination?
Anyone watching this? The series is on catch up. I think the previous series was filmed at one of the St Monica's Trust retirement communities and this one is at Larkhill Retirement Village.
Most of the residents seem to be mid-eighties upwards. One lady is 102. While the idea does not appeal to me, perhaps if I live to be ninety-something the idea might be more attractive (if affordable as it does seem an expensive option). Does a retirement village appeal to you? While watching though, two things which I had not previously thought about: 1. That even in a retirement village where you are surrounded by people of similar age and circumstance and where there are activities etc, there are still people who are lonely and people who do not venture out. One chap had stayed in his flat for three years just watching the comings and goings on CTV. 2.
Living in a safe and peaceful environment can make people very fearful of the world outside. One lady was scared of the embarrassment if she fell over while a chap was nervous that there could be groups of youths who might attack him. I guess if your view of the wider world is based on the often depressing news headlines, it is understandable that even a short ride on a tram to the local shops might be challenging. On a similar note, there is an Alzheimer Village being built in France. The idea is to provide a safe environment so people can live a more normal life while still receiving support and medical treatment. It is based on a development in Holland. I think it is a great idea. Very often, it seems, that limitations are set by the environment you live in rather than a disability or illness or indeed age.
Although I'm not an avid tv viewer, I'm becoming increasingly irritated by the amount of 'advertising' on the BBC. Both TV and radio programmes have been shortened to create spaces for promoting future programmes, new series and BBC services such as iPlayer, and it seems to me that these slots are becoming longer and more frequent. Many of the trailers are for programmes so far in the future that I will have long forgotten about them by the time they are actually broadcast.
Also, I've noticed that on occasions the BBC news is used to promote its own broadcasting, for example by highlighting a topic on which it is showing a documentary later that day, rather than concentrating on current events. I find advertising irritating at the best of times, but as the BBC is a publicly-funded organisation rather than a commercial entity I find this spending on self-promotion particularly annoying.
What are your views?
Don't you think these are getting very boring, same old story lines and now lots of youngsters in them? What surprises me is Hollyoaks show men kissing each other and this programme is shown at 6.30pm when youngsters can watch it.
Did anyone watch this dreadful programme last night? I have to confess that I only saw some of it, but the parts which I saw followed various business people from florists to chocolatiers and jewellers as they catered for mega-rich people who wanted to buy "the best". There was a diamond encrusted tree -topper for £615,000 and one family spent £250,000 on a (I have to admit) beautifully decorated Christmas tree, door- wreaths and table decorations ............. and they might not even bother to spend any part of Christmas in their Mayfair home, preferring to stay in America instead. Presents on their shopping list included two Bentleys! What an obscene waste of money when there are people sleeping in cardboard boxes on our streets, people in Africa and India who have no clean, running water and where children are starving to death. I wonder if these mega-rich people sleep easy in their beds at night.