REVELATION of the day: Exasperated school teachers are giving secondary school-aged pupils The Muppet Christmas Carol to watch so that they can understand Dickens dialect a little better. All true. Nicholas Lezard explains as much in his column in the Independent today. It’s probably one of those new-fangled Academy things.
Now I love The Muppets. And I love Charles Dickens. But watch out teacher friends. There’s a risk a more outraged newspaper will be searching right now for the kinda-cool teacher who reached for Kermit in favour of the full, unadulterated written work of Camden Town’s greatest ever author.