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What Christmas Means To Me

I know Our Lads were unlikely in *extreme* to ever have watched it, but in the early eighties I was a *little* girl and every Christmas time, at SOME point The Slipper and The Rose was on TV.

And oh, it was magical. A musical of the Cinderella story. :D And looking back now the *names* in it: Annette Crosbie (best-remembered probably as Victor Meldrew's long-suffering wife) as the Fairy Godmother; Richard Chamberlain; Kenneth More (for whom I have a very soft spot, because one of our two "local" theatres was the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford), Michael Hornden, Edith Evans...

And the SONGS: I can still sing so many bits -  "What Has Love Got To Do With Being Married"; "Oh ho ho, What a Comforting Thing To Know, There's a pre-arranged spot, In the Family Plot, Where my royal bones will go! Yes, I'll be slipped, Into the beautiful family crypt, Oh ho ho, What a comforting thing to know!"; "Oh we must be Protocolligorically Correct, Good form must never suffer from neglect, The rules and regulations we respect, Checked and double checked and, Protocolligorically Correct!"; "A Bride-Finding Ball, A bride-finding ball! Where princesses from every land, Aspire to win the royal hand..."; "Tell Him that it wasn't love! say I tried, Say I lied... Make him hate my name..."

Anyone else remember this?


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Dec. 16th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
I do, I do!!! I loved the film!!!
Dec. 17th, 2014 04:22 am (UTC)
Hello! Long time, no see! Everything okay?

And, YAY for TS&TR. :D Knowing what we know now about *our* heir to the throne and his pressure to get married and the women he loved in the late seventies, the plot of the Prince who wants the simple right to marry for love and the Palace Intrigue sending the woman he wanted to marry into exile look almost like social commentary rather than fairy tale. Well, if you squint...

It was such a gorgeous film. :)
Dec. 16th, 2014 10:26 am (UTC)
yes i do remember watching this film but for me christmas is not christmas without a viewing of the "wizard of oz" ...now don't laugh but when i was little the evil witch , is she the one of the east or the west , i can't remember now , well she terrified me and still does to this day , i can't watch this without blocking her out x
Dec. 17th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
Heh. Now the Witch never really troubled me. I don't even remember being *that* scared of the flying monkeys. Not after Doctor Who and the film where The Daleks Invade London. Oz was very obviously a fantasy world - I lived in London! (My elder brother was - *is* - a Who-fan, so I watched the episodes and separate-canon films when I wasn't really old enough for them. Talk about hiding behind the sofa-cushions!)
Dec. 16th, 2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
I actually managed to miss this, every single year. I never saw The Great Escape, either. When I encountered Pros fic and its obsession with The Great Escape, I was honestly baffled!
Dec. 17th, 2014 04:18 am (UTC)
LOL. Even *I* know that The Great Escape was always on at Christmas. Where *were* you?

And besides, I always think of Steve McQueen as a sort of blond Bodie (or LC). :)

Viz: http://images.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment/1238088657_top-10-things-steve-mcqueen-wouldnt-do_flash.jpg
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