13 things you didn’t know about It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life has become a staple of Christmas television programming the world over. More than seven decades after its release in US cinemas, Frank Capra’s story of a suicidal man (James Stewart) and his nearly too-late appreciation of his sleepy, small-town existence has burrowed its way into the public consciousness as a festive feel-good classic.

But the black-and-white classic didn’t have such auspicious beginnings – and Capra wound up making a few enemies during its production. It’s a Wonderful Life has inspired people to bicker over whether their American small-town is the inspiration for Bedford Falls or not; while its youngest star, Karolyn Grimes, is among the small minority calling for a sequel – despite still dining out on the success of a role she took aged five.

As It’s a Wonderful Life graces the small screens in households around the country, here are the things you may not know about it: