Hold The Sunset. Image shows from L to R: Phil (John Cleese), Roger (Jason Watkins), Edith (Alison Steadman). Copyright: BBC
Hold The Sunset

Hold The Sunset

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2018 - 2019
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

Alison Steadman, John Cleese and Jason Watkins star in this sitcom as a widow, her boyfriend, and her adult son who has moved back home. Also features Rosie Cavaliero, Joanna Scanlan, Anne Reid, James Cosmo, Peter Egan and more.

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Christmas Special - If I Were A Wise Man

Hold The Sunset. Image shows from L to R: Joan (Sue Johnston), Queenie Gale (Anne Reid), Phil (John Cleese), Bob (James Cosmo), Celia (Annette Badland), Jack Dugdale (Peter Egan), Roger (Jason Watkins), Wendy Stevens (Rosie Cavaliero), Edith (Alison Steadman), Sandra (Joanna Scanlan). Copyright: BBC
It's the last Christmas Edith will have with her family before she and Phil set off for their dream retirement in the Mediterranean. Edith's son Roger enlists her scurrilous one-time flame, Bob 'the burglar', to give Christmas its proper flavour; Edith's sister Joan won't watch the Queen's Speech anywhere else; Queenie locks Sandra and Wendy into a wardrobe; and Phil finds himself talking to a ghost.

Broadcast details

Sunday 23rd December 2018
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 22nd December 2019 12:30pm BBC1
Wednesday 1st December 2021 12:50pm Gold
Tuesday 7th December 2021 7:25am Gold
Wednesday 15th December 2021 7:30am Gold
Thursday 16th December 2021 1:55am Gold
Friday 17th December 2021 1:00am Gold
Sunday 19th December 2021 11:40am Gold
Monday 20th December 2021 3:25am Gold
Saturday 25th December 2021 12:50am Gold

Cast & crew

Alison Steadman Edith
John Cleese Phil
Jason Watkins Roger
Rosie Cavaliero Wendy Stevens
Joanna Scanlan Sandra
Anne Reid Queenie Gale
James Cosmo Bob
Peter Egan Jack Dugdale
Sue Johnston Joan
Guest cast
Annette Badland Celia
Edward Aczel Estate Agent
Production team
Sandy Johnson Director
Nick Gorman 1st Assistant Director
Moira Williams Producer
Humphrey Barclay Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
Adam Bokey Editor
David Hitchcock Production Designer
June Nevin Costume Designer
Trevelyan Oliver Director of Photography
Nichola Bellamy Make-up Designer
Theo Vidgen Composer
Gregor Sharp Commissioning Editor


Hold the Sunset Christmas special, review

It is as if the writer put down his pen midway through crafting an hour-long special and shoved in a heart-warming Christmas singalong to end things.

Alexandra Pollard, The Independent, 23rd December 2018

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