Mandy. Mandy (Diane Morgan)


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2019 - 2024
  • 20 episodes (3 series)

Diane Morgan plays a woman trying to navigate life. Also features Michelle Greenidge, Tom Basden, Michael Spicer, Mark Silcox and Alistair Green

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We Wish You A Mandy Christmas

What is the true essence of Christmas? Is it the glimmer in a schoolboy's expectant eye as he opens his pillowcase on Christmas morning?

Further details

What is the true essence of Christmas? Is it the glimmer in a schoolboy's expectant eye as he opens his pillowcase on Christmas morning and tucks into a delicious walnut and a bruised tangerine?

Is it the wide smile on a publican's face as he welcomes merry revellers with a vat of warm mulled wine he's made in a sort of electric keg he normally puts oxtail soup in? Is it the haunting harmony of a choir respecting the current Covid protocols? Or, is it a Christmas episode of a TV show that is slightly longer than usual to make it appear "special"?

Find out the answer in this Christmas episode of Mandy, starring Diane Morgan as our eponymous heroine. It is slightly longer than usual.

Diane Morgan interview

Mandy. Image shows from L to R: Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (John Cooper Clarke), Mandy (Diane Morgan)

Did you enjoy doing the Mandy Christmas special?

It's based on A Christmas Carol which is the ultimate ghost story, and I love ghosts, so I really loved doing it. And the three ghosts are played by amazing performers so it was great fun.

Can you tell us about the special?

Mandy doesn't really like Christmas, so it's a Christmas Special about someone who doesn't like Christmas.

You feel quite sorry for Mandy during the Christmas episode, looking into her past Christmases, can you explain a little bit about why Mandy doesn't like Christmas?

It's the same reasons I don't really like Christmas. It sort of forces you to look into the past, and not everyone is having a great time at Christmas. It's hard to enjoy the day when you think of all the people on their own while you're doing a jig.

Mandy wanted to watch Die Hard at Christmas, do you have a Christmas film you watch every year?

It's not a film, but I like the documentary series The World At War. Although they never made a Christmas episode of it. I suppose the Stalingrad episode is the closest you get.

Who do you think Mandy would want to kiss under the mistletoe?

Who are those men that pull buses with their teeth?

What was your favourite Christmas TV special?

Morecambe & Wise. They don't bang on about Christmas very much.

Broadcast details

Monday 20th December 2021
20 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 15th December 2022 10:10pm BBC2

Cast & crew

Diane Morgan Mandy
Michelle Greenidge Lola
Guest cast
Johnny Vegas Ghost of Christmas Past
Pearce Quigley Ghost of Christmas Present
John Cooper Clarke Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Carrie Caudell Young Mandy
Evan Caudell Young Keith
Alison Ward Aunty Margaret
Neil Edmond Mandy's Dad
Jo Hartley Mandy's Mum
Michael Spicer Mourner
Ninette Finch Old Mourner
Dan Mersh Minister
Writing team
Diane Morgan Writer
Charles Dickens Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Diane Morgan Director
Michael Spicer Producer
Ben Caudell Executive Producer
Ian Locker Line Producer
Kenny Tanner Co-producer
Jerry Ramsbottom Editor
Polly Aspinall Production Designer
Pete Rowe Director of Photography
Ashley-Ann Andrews Costume Designer
Liz Harbord Make-up Designer
Beth Hiley Graphics
Sophie Worger 1st Assistant Director
Gregor Sharp Commissioning Editor

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