Dickens

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Since you have been so wise ...

Question: Since you have been so wise in answering all the questions about commercial jingles, can you please answer this one? The jingle goes, "Thank you very much, thank you very much, that's the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for me." I know I have heard this before. Does it come on every holiday season, or is it from a song? I need to find a way to get it out of my head!


Answer: Well, I can tell you where it's from, but you're on your own in trying to get it out of your head, Jaime.

Though many people will tell you the maddeningly catchy tune "Thank You Very Much," used in an ad for the Volkswagen Passat, is from the musical Oliver!, they've got the wrong Dickens classic. (I suspect they may be mixing it up with "Consider Yourself," which is  Read Full Article

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Since you have been so wise ...

Question: Since you have been so wise in answering all the questions about commercial jingles, can you please answer this one? The jingle goes, "Thank you very much, thank you very much, that's the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for me." I know I have heard this before. Does it come on every holiday season, or is it from a song? I need to find a way to get it out of my head!


Answer: Well, I can tell you where it's from, but you're on your own in trying to get it out of your head, Jaime.

Though many people will tell you the maddeningly catchy tune "Thank You Very Much," used in an ad for the Volkswagen Passat, is from the musical Oliver!, they've got the wrong Dickens classic. (I suspect they may be mixing it up with "Consider Yourself," which is read more

Now that Reunion's producers ...

Question: Now that Reunion's producers have announced that there is not going to be a resolution to the murder, or any of the other story lines, why is Fox going to bother airing the rest of the 13 episodes? I like the show and will be sorry not to see how it unfolds, but what is the point of airing six more episodes of a show that is going nowhere? It seems more logical to either let the show run the whole season or to cut their losses and air something else. The audience certainly isn't going to increase after an announcement like this. I'm very disappointed in Fox for not giving the show a chance (not that I'm surprised), but even more disappointed with the writers and producers who can't come up with a bone to throw to those of us who have been watching. Answer: I think I got mail from every single Reunion fan out there in the wake of the cancellation and the producers' statement that they weren't going to be able to wrap up the whodunit by the 13th and final episode. This letter ... read more

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Premiered: December 17, 2003, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A three-part probe of the author's psyche, conducted by Charles Dickens scholar Peter Ackroyd. Actors portray Dickens and various contemporaries to provide further insights.

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