Separated at birth

Gene Wilder has apparently been in a rage over Tim Burton’s remake of the 1971 hit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the film, a poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all. Wilder is upset because he reckons he just can’t see the point of doing it all again. In a spooky, real-life parallel, Gene’s alter ego Liam Buckley was recently re-elected as head of Hammonds’ Manchester office. Not quite a remake, but close enough. Just like the Willy Wonka’s factory, everybody knows that Hammonds is everybody’s “non-pollutionary, anti-institutionary, pro-confectionery factory of fun”. The question is: can Buckley see the point?