Monday, December 17, 2012

Year One. Day Thirteen: "Bewitched: Humbug Not to be Spoken Here" (1967)

Day Thirteen of my Advent Christmas Carol Challenge:

"Bewitched: Humbug Not to be Spoken Here." (1967)

This Christmas episode of "Bewitched" is the first I have ever seen. Thankfully, I had an American on hand to give me an adequate commentary.

 This is a very, very loose retelling of the tale, but the heart of the story remains intact. This time around, the good witch Samantha plays the role of "Ghost of Christmas" and takes it upon herself to redeem a belligerent miser on Christmas Eve.

Despite veering wildly from the text (and sometimes, playfully riffing on it,) the story follows the spirit of the tale and remains testament to the excellence of Dickens' book that it can be so freely adapted, and still shine through as identifiably his story.

The characters were cute and well played, and the whole thing has that gorgeous sense of '60's innocence that American TV used to do so well.

As spicy and as cosy as a glass of mulled wine by an open fire.

"Bewitched: Humbug Not to be Spoken Here." 3/5

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