That William Shakespeare, he may have been born a few hundred years too early but he was a born screenwriter.
It’s fair to say that intelligent sci-fi isn’t the default setting when the money men from Hollywood give the green light to a space epic.
Those of you who follow the literary career of Anglophile author Bill Bryson will know that he has something of a soft spot for these parts.
If you’re fondly dreaming of a white Christmas, it’s a fair bet that you don’t have your fingers crossed for the sort of ordeal by snow and ice facing the many stars who clutter the cast list of Everest.
Woody Allen turns 80 next month but he shows no signs of slowing down.