For our last episode of 2023, we’re bringing you a special discussion on ‘Wonka’, this year’s family Christmas film and a musical extravaganza. Starring Timothée Chalamet, it follows the life of a young Willy Wonka as he struggles to set up his first chocolate shop. Does it work? Can Chalamet sing? Do we need another Roald Dahl adaptation? Lilah’s joined by FT House and Home editor Nathan Brooker and US investments correspondent Madison Darbyshire to talk through it.


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Links (all FT links get you past the paywall):

– ‘Wonka’, starring Timothée Chalamet directed by Paul King, is out in UK and US cinemas.

– The FT’s review of Wonka, by Danny Leigh, is here:

– Madison’s column on why Cosmopolitans are conquering New York City:

– Keep an eye out for Lilah’s column about boredom, out in the FT soon.


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Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner. Clips courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures.

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