Top 10 movies for Christmas - with a twist
This year has been one of the worst in living memory. But amid all the doom and gloom we have the respite of Christmas.
Time, then, for family and friends and, of course, for enjoying the Yuletide films on television. My recommended Top 10 to enjoy this Christmas are:
1. The A Team - a group of highly-paid individuals who tackle very difficult situations. Sometimes also known as the Stormont Executive.
2. Lost in Translation - the story of how a devolved Assembly spent millions of the taxpayers' translating Government correspondence from English into Irish.
3. Robin Hood Prince of Thieves - how a merchant banker and his cohorts took from the poor and gave to themselves.
4. Titanic - the true story of how a massive passenger ship dramatically sank on its maiden voyage. Then, 100 years later, a memorial building costing some £94m is erected as a tourist attraction to commemorate her.
5. Dr No - a strange tale of a man who, for nearly 85 years, could not say the word 'Yes'.
6. 10,000 Years BC - how a small country steeped in history tried to move forward. Also known as Norn Ireland.
7. Trading Places - the tale of two silver-spooned financiers called Bob and Fred who trade years of devoted banking service for a retirement of misery and a £700,000 pension.
8. Wallace and Gromit - a comic tale of two opposing political leaders who join forces to form a coalition Government that goes pear-shaped.
9. What's Up Doc? - the hilarious comedy centres around a government chief physician who decides thousands of people illegally claiming sickness benefits are fit for work.
10. It's A Wonderful Life - no matter if you don't have a job, or money in your pocket, we're all millionaires compared to many with no homes or food to eat.
Newtownards, Co Down