The obligatory annual screening of this Jimmy Stewart classic over, eyes wiped and tissues binned, I don't know if it's my imagination, or the passing of my own years, but the film gets blacker every time I watch it. I'm sure I used to cry at the goodness in the film - the rousing speech to stem the bank run; the love, the kindness, the redemption. Now when I watch I just see sacrifice.
Be careful what you wish for; be happy with your lot; angels get their wings but you'll never get to shake the dust of this crummy little town off your feet and see the world; face it, you ain't ever gonna lasso the moon.
It's that time of year again. When some of us settle down for the annual viewing of It's a Wonderful Life. But is the film as uplifting as we're led to believe? Here's what I had to say about it in The Northern Line to Shropshire.
2. One Dog and His Man. Out now in paperback.
3. Farewell Trip.
Published by Carina UK.
4. Silly Verse for Grown Ups