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Christmas Special

The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff. Image shows from L to R: Malifax Skulkingworm (Stephen Fry), Victoria Secret-Past (Ambra Lily Keegan), Maggoty (Pauline McLynn), Conceptiva Secret-Past (Katherine Parkinson), Jedrington Secret-Past (Robert Webb), Victor Secret-Past (Finlay Christie), Jolliforth Jollington (David Mitchell). Copyright: BBC
Jedrington's family is incarcerated by evil lawyer Skulkingworm in London's infamous prison The Skint, until they can repay a mysterious and vast debt. Will Jedrington rescue his family in time for Christmas or lose them forever? And is there more to the name Secret-Past than meets the eye?

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Broadcast details

Monday 19th December 2011
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 29th December 2011 10:00pm BBC2
Thursday 20th December 2012 11:20pm BBC2
Thursday 20th December 2012 11:50pm BBC2 Wales
Tuesday 1st January 2013 10:00pm BBC HD
Tuesday 21st May 2013 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 22nd May 2013 1:00am Gold
Monday 23rd December 2013 11:25pm Gold
Tuesday 24th December 2013 1:20am Gold
Monday 14th April 2014 7:20am Gold
Wednesday 13th August 2014 12:15am Gold
Sunday 21st December 2014 5:25pm Gold
Monday 22nd December 2014 10:55am Gold
Saturday 7th February 2015 1:25am Gold

Cast & crew

Robert Webb Jedrington Secret-Past
Katherine Parkinson Conceptiva Secret-Past
Ambra Lily Keegan Victoria Secret-Past
Finlay Christie Victor Secret-Past
David Mitchell Jolliforth Jollington
Guest cast
Pauline McLynn Maggoty
Johnny Vegas The Artful Codger
Celia Imrie Miss Christmasham
Joshua McGuire Fearshiver
Stephen Fry Malifax Skulkingworm
Sidney Johnston Urchin
Terrence Hardiman Martin Christmasham
Richard Johnson Uncle Writes Prompt Thank You Cards
Una Stubbs Aunt Good Spelling
Judy Parfitt Aunt Chastity
Phyllida Law Aunt Sobriety
Calum MacPherson Lumbering Geoff
Jude Wright Archie
Ellie Hopkins Urchin
Lee Simmonds Urchin
Bailey Pepper Urchin
Hector McCormick Date-And-Time Boy
Colin Hoult Customer
Joanna Neary Lady Spendlots
Mark Evans The Vicar of St. Weddings
Abigail Burdess Skulkingworm's Mother
Dominic Coleman Policeman
Dave Lamb Ghost of Christmas Past
Gus Brown Well To Do Man
Freddie Rogers Young Skulkingworm
Aimee Parkes Young Miss Christmasham
Writing team
Mark Evans Writer
Production team
Ben Gosling Fuller Director
Gareth Edwards Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Ben Blaine Editor
Chris Blaine Editor
Dennis De Groot Production Designer
Grant Olding Composer


Poison Port

Malifax Skulkingworm concludes his business with Jedrington Secret-Past over a lovely a glass of poison port.

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Featuring: Stephen Fry (Malifax Skulkingworm), Joshua McGuire (Fearshiver) & Robert Webb (Jedrington Secret-Past).

The Skint

Mister Jolliforth Jollington offers to show the Secret-Past family around The Skint prison...

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Featuring: Finlay Christie (Victor Secret-Past).


12 Days of Christmas Specials 3: The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff

This all star Christmas special was a spin off of Radio 4 favourite, Bleak Expectations and it's a show that you need to add to your Christmas watch list!

Rhianna Evans, The Comedy Blog, 16th December 2019

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