The Grumpy Guide To.... Ronni Ancona. Copyright: Liberty Bell.

The Grumpy Guide To...

BBC Two comedy. 16 episodes (2 series), 2007 - 2011. Stars Jenny Eclair, Kathryn Flett, Justin Moorhouse, Germaine Greer, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Lynn Barber, Nigel Havers and others.

Grumpy Guide To Christmas - The Grumpy Guide To Christmas

Meet the new breed of grumpies: a bit younger but no less embittered, with festive humbug and tales of seasonal Tourette's, inappropriate present-buying and the eating of reindeer.

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The Grumpy Guide To.... Mark Steel. Copyright: Liberty Bell.

Following the success of the long-running Grumpy Old Men and Grumpy Old Women series, a host of inveterate Grumps of both sexes (and varying ages) vent their collective spleen at the festive season in The Grumpy Guide to Christmas. For those of a disgruntled disposition, Christmas and the accompanying brouhaha cause no end of exasperation, so the irascible cast are on particularly grouchy form as they get stuck into a sackful of seasonal grumbles.

Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer, the show tackles the full gamut of holiday horrors, from parties and pantos to the pressures of forced jollity and Sir Cliff Richard's Mistletoe and Wine, with bellyaching from Ozzy Osbourne, Penny Smith, Al Murray, Neil Morrissey, Alistair McGowan, Ronni Ancona, John Thomson, Shappi Khorsandi, Huey Morgan, Russell Kane, Mark Radcliffe, Bobby Davro, Donna McPhail, Mark Steel, Andi Oliver, Matthew Le Tissier and Terry Christian.

As Mark Radcliffe points out, "There is a great relief if you've got family Christmas over with and no-one's punched each other." In order to avoid familial fisticuffs you'll first have to plough through turkey and cranberry sauce, which according to Ronni Ancona is "basically chicken with jam" served up with Brussels Sprouts "which are the grapes of the devil". Then, of course, there's the exchange of presents - here's Al Murray on the 'joy' of giving: "Oh p*%s off. The joy is the frenzied unwrapping, like a crazed velociraptor tearing its prey apart ... giving sucks." As Christmas becomes more commercialised, perhaps the saddest thing is that "a lot of youngsters don't know the true meaning of Christmas", notes Alistair McGowan. "They genuinely don't know that it's the time we celebrate the birth and the life and the work of Morecambe and Wise". But the definitive Grumpy take on Christmas comes courtesy of Ozzy Osbourne, who actually considers himself lucky to have missed the whole thing one year following a horrific quad bike injury ... "it's not goodwill and peace to all mankind, it's just b*%^#cks."

Broadcast details

Wednesday 23rd December 2009
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Guest cast
    Ozzy Osbourne Self
    Penny Smith Self
    Al Murray Self
    Neil Morrissey Self
    Alistair McGowan Self
    Ronni Ancona Self
    John Thomson Self
    Shappi Khorsandi Self
    Huey Morgan Self
    Russell Kane Self
    Mark Radcliffe Self
    Bobby Davro Self
    Donna McPhail Self
    Mark Steel Self
    Andi Oliver Self
    Matthew Le Tissier (as Matt Le Tissier) Self
    Terry Christian Self
    Geoffrey Palmer Narrator
    Production team
    Pip Banyard Director
    Stuart Prebble Executive Producer
    Pip Banyard Producer
    Gilly Hall Executive Producer

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