This week on Beyond The Box Set, John and Harry kick off their festive season by pitching modern-day sequels for the most heartwarming holiday classic ever made - Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life.
Join us as we discuss George Bailey's fragile mental health, the questionable business ethics of Baily Brothers Building & Loans and why there's something about Mary that we just don't trust...
We're also joined by our first ever returning guest Ross Burton, who helps us to pitch sequel ideas including a Christopher Nolan-style retelling of Harry Bailey's wartime adventures, a remake populated entirely by The Muppets and a bleak dystopian thriller that exposes the real reason George was never able to leave Bedford falls...
Released in 1946, It's a Wonderful Life stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, Donna Reed as Mary, Lionel Barrymore as the evil Mr Potter and Gloria Grahame as Violet. Like all classic movies, it was only modestly received on release, but soon built up a reputation of one of the most beloved films of the era. Both Stewart and Reed would cite it as the high point of their Hollywood careers.
Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we revisit a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch sequels, prequels and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We also come up with a few drinking games for the original movies and share sequel ideas from our loyal listeners.
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00.00: Uncle Billy is in the grip of senile dementia
20.00: It's a Wonderful Life Drinking Games
29.55: It's a Muppet Life
37.30: It's a Wonderful War
57.20: Listener Submissions & Episode 43 Preview