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Sitcom Does.... Image shows from L to R: Hugh Dennis, Neil Morrissey, Joanna Page, Ricky Tomlinson. Copyright: North One Television.

Sitcom Does...

Gold factual. 4 episodes (1 series) in 2011. Stars Hugh Dennis, Joanna Page, Neil Morrissey and Ricky Tomlinson.

Series 1, Episode 4 - Sitcom Does Christmas With Ricky Tomlinson

Ricky Tomlinson looks at how sitcoms have mirrored the madness and merriment of the festive period, featuring Gavin & Stacey, The Vicar Of Dibley and Father Ted.

Full synopsis

Sitcom Does.... Ricky Tomlinson. Copyright: North One Television.

In the last in of the Sitcom Does... series, Ricky Tomlinson - no stranger to high-rating Christmas specials himself thanks his portrayal of Jim Royle in The Royle Family - takes us through some classic festive clips from the likes of Blackadder's Christmas Carol, Peep Show, Rising Damp, Terry & June, Bottom and Men Behaving Badly, and introduces star names like Hugh Dennis, Miranda Hart, Larry Lamb, Ralf Little and Arabella Weir discussing what it takes to make the perfect Christmas special.

But that's not all - Doreen Mantle (Mrs Warboys in One Foot In The Grave) revisits Victor Meldrew's house, Gavin & Stacey's Joanna Page goes back to Barry Island, we meet Emma Ware, who played baby Jessica in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em's 1974 Christmas special, and Father Cleary and Father Billy from Father Ted go back to the very same lingerie store in Dublin to reminisce about the infamous eight-priests-in-a-lingerie-store scene in A Christmassy Ted.

Not to be outdone, actors Gary Waldhorn and James Fleet - David and Hugo Horton in The Vicar Of Dibley - have their own sprout-eating contest in the middle of Dibley.

Broadcast details

Monday 5th December 2011
60 minutes


  1. Tuesday 6th December 2011 at 21.00
  2. Thursday 8th December 2011 at 17.40
  3. Friday 9th December 2011 at 23.20
  4. Thursday 22nd December 2011 at 21.00
  5. Friday 23rd December 2011 at 13.35
  6. Monday 26th December 2011 at 21.00
  7. Tuesday 27th December 2011 at 01.20
  8. Wednesday 19th December 2012 at 18.55
  9. Saturday 22nd December 2012 at 09.40
  10. Monday 24th December 2012 at 13.25
  11. Thursday 27th December 2012 at 12.00
  12. Sunday 15th December 2013 at 19.05
  13. Monday 16th December 2013 at 13.55
  14. Tuesday 17th December 2013 at 18.00
  15. Monday 1st December 2014 at 12.30
  16. Monday 1st December 2014 at 18.00
  17. Thursday 4th December 2014 at 23.00

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ricky Tomlinson Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Miranda Hart Self
Neil Morrissey Self
Marcus Brigstocke Self
Steve Punt Self
Ralf Little Self
David Schneider Self
Arabella Weir Self
Joanna Page Self
Steffan Rhodri Self
Larry Lamb Self
Paul Mayhew-Archer Self
Leslie Ash Self
Gary Waldhorn Self
James Fleet Self
Hugh Dennis Self
Joe Taylor Self
Donncha Crowley Self
Frank Kelly Self
Doreen Mantle Self
David Renwick Self
Rhys Thomas Self
Mark Steel Self
Emma Ware Self
Raymond Allen Self
Production team
Lindsay Jex Director
Lindsay Jex Producer
Ricky Kelehar Exec Producer
Richard Dean Editor

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