Episode 1.4 - Sitcom Does Christmas With Ricky Tomlinson

Ricky Tomlinson looks at how sitcoms have mirrored the madness and merriment of the festive period, featuring Gavin & Stacey, The Vicar Of Dibley and Father Ted.

In-Depth Episode Synopsis

Warning: the below synopsis may contain spoilers

In the last in of the Sitcom Does... series, Ricky Tomlinson - no stranger to high-rating Christmas specials himself thanks his portrayal of Jim Royle in The Royle Family - takes us through some classic festive clips from the likes of Blackadder's Christmas Carol, Peep Show, Rising Damp, Terry & June, Bottom and Men Behaving Badly, and introduces star names like Hugh Dennis, Miranda Hart, Larry Lamb, Ralf Little and Arabella Weir discussing what it takes to make the perfect Christmas special.

But that's not all - Doreen Mantle (Mrs Warboys in One Foot In The Grave) revisits Victor Meldrew's house, Gavin & Stacey's Joanna Page goes back to Barry Island, we meet Emma Ware, who played baby Jessica in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em's 1974 Christmas special, and Father Cleary and Father Billy from Father Ted go back to the very same lingerie store in Dublin to reminisce about the infamous eight-priests-in-a-lingerie-store scene in A Christmassy Ted.

Not to be outdone, actors Gary Waldhorn and James Fleet - David and Hugo Horton in The Vicar Of Dibley - have their own sprout-eating contest in the middle of Dibley.

First Broadcast Details

Mon 5th December 2011
60 minutes

Main Repeats

  • Tue 17th Dec 2013 (6:00pm, Gold)
  • Mon 1st Dec 2014 (12:30pm, Gold)
  • Mon 1st Dec 2014 (6:00pm, Gold)
  • Thu 4th Dec 2014 (11:00pm, Gold)

Episode 1.4 Cast & Crew

Regular Cast
Ricky Tomlinson ... Host / Presenter
Guest Cast
Miranda Hart ... Self
Neil Morrissey ... Self
Marcus Brigstocke ... Self
Steve Punt ... Self
Ralf Little ... Self
David Schneider ... Self
Arabella Weir ... Self
Joanna Page ... Self
Steffan Rhodri ... Self
Larry Lamb ... Self
Paul Mayhew-Archer ... Self
Leslie Ash ... Self
Gary Waldhorn ... Self
James Fleet ... Self
Hugh Dennis ... Self
Joe Taylor ... Self
Donncha Crowley ... Self
Frank Kelly ... Self
Doreen Mantle ... Self
David Renwick ... Self
Rhys Thomas ... Self
Mark Steel ... Self
Emma Ware ... Self
Raymond Allen ... Self
Production Team
Lindsay Jex ... Director
Lindsay Jex ... Producer
Ricky Kelehar ... Exec Producer
Richard Dean ... Editor

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