Events kick off with the miraculous appearance of a lorry-load of lifted meat, swiped by Kev and Lip. When the pair sells the knock-off down at The Jockey it looks like full stomachs are a dead cert for all of Chatsworth's residents, but the meat is contaminated, people start getting ill and before you know it events have escalated and the British Army arrive in town...
As the armed squaddies descend en masse, so do Veronica's mum Carole and Tourrettes-suffering, arsonist brother Marty. With nowhere to stay - Marty burned their house down - and "no room at the inn" they force themselves on Fiona and Steve for Christmas.
Never one to miss an opportunity, Frank rallies the estate into a full-blown riot, as his valium-fuelled lover Sheila goes into labour for the holy birth.
Theme music written and performed by ex-Smith's guitarist Johnny Marr.
- Thursday 23rd December 2004
- Channel 4
- 90 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Threlfall||Frank Gallagher|
|Gerard Kearns||Ian Gallagher|
|Elliott Tittensor||Carl Gallagher|
|Joseph Furnace||Liam Gallagher|
|Rebecca Ryan||Debbie Gallagher|
|Jody Latham||Philip 'Lip' Gallagher|
|Anne-Marie Duff||Fiona Gallagher|
|Rebecca Atkinson||Karen Maguire|
|Kelli Hollis||Yvonne Karib|
|Chris Bisson||Kash Karib|
|Warren Donnelly||PC Stan Waterman|
|Dean Lennox Kelly||Kev Ball|
|Maxine Peake||Veronica Ball|
|Alice Barry||Lillian Tyler|
|Maggie O'Neill||Sheila Jackson|
|Jack Deam||Marty Fisher|
|Marjorie Yates||Carol Fisher|
|Neil Bell||Hippy Pete|
|June Broughton||Wheelchair Woman|
|Pam Shaw||Aunty Pat|
|George Faber||Executive Producer|
|Charles Pattinson||Executive Producer|
|Paul Abbott||Executive Producer|
|Jim Glen||Production Designer|