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Drama of the Day: Lost Christmas

18 Dec

ADVENT DAY EIGHTEEN: To celebrate advent, I’ll be adding new content to this blog every day in the countdown to Christmas; reviews, opinion pieces, short stories… that sort of thing! So make sure you pop back in between shopping, packing presents and nursing a headache.

I first saw the book for this in WHSmiths a few weeks ago, and thought it looked fantastic. Unfortunately, insufficient funds mean I haven’t picked it up yet.

But today, its adaptation with Eddie Izzard, Larry Mills and Jason Flemyng hits BBCOne… and I’ll definitely be watching!

Here’s the official synopsis:

‘Goose’ is a 10 year old boy who, on Christmas Eve, not thinking about his actions, hides his father’s car keys in the hope that he won’t leave to attend an urgent emergency rescue. This is a decision Goose will always regret. As his mother gets her keys and drives his dad to work, Goose doesn’t realize that this is the last time he will see his parents as ten minutes later his mother and father are killed in a car crash.

Flash forward a year and its Christmas Eve once again, we see Goose is no longer the bright, energetic ten-year-old boy he once was, and is now a streetwise kid who is supporting his Nan through petty crime. Enter ‘Anthony’, a mysterious enigmatic man who appears, seemingly out of nowhere, on Manchester’s snowy streets. ‘Anthony’ seems to have no recollection of who he is, where he came from nor where he’s supposed to go but he seems to know things. Find things that are lost and make lives whole again.

Everything starts with a lost bangle. This is where ‘Anthony’ discovers his ability to see what has happened to a person prior to losing what they seek and how they’ve lost what they desire. He touches a person’s hand and sees in his mind their story leading up to the loss of what they are seeking. Despite being lost himself, he has the compulsion and ability to find the lost, uncovering truths that will eventually transform the life of ’Goose’ and those affected by his decision. But is ‘Anthony’s’ ability to heal real, or just an illusion?

Lost Christmas is a magical story about self sacrifice and destiny, brimming with emotion and humour; this beautifully modern fairytale has all the ingredients of a classic Christmas film.

Lost Christmas is on BBCOne at 5.30pm.

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