- BBC One
- Derek Jacobi, Diana Rigg, Dave Hearn, Chris Leask, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields and others
- Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields
- Richard Boden
- Alex Walsh-Taylor, Steven Canny, Kenny Wax and Chris Sussman
Blacklisted by the BBC after ruining Peter Pan, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are not taking their ban lying down and force themselves back on the BBC by hijacking the jewel of the Christmas schedule, a 'live' production of A Christmas Carol staged by a professional cast.
The following hour finds the Cornley gang trying to make the show work on 'live' television as they soon realise they are completely out of their depth with no idea how to direct a live studio or handle special effects and are having their own internal rivalries revealed on television. Plus, there's an angry professional cast trying to get back into the studio.