(Paul Vallely’s article appeared in the Independent, 12/13.)

Frank Capra's classic film It's a Wonderful Life has become as established  a landmark in the modern Christmas landscape as Dickens's story of Scrooge did in post-Victorian times.

And aptly too, because its hero, George Bailey, the man whose Christmas Eve suicide is foiled by an angel who shows him how life would have been without him, is someone whose venial faults feel closer to our own than does the miserly extravagance of Dickens' villain.

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