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The Worst Week Of My Life. Image shows from L to R: Howard (Ben Miller), Mel (Sarah Alexander). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
The Worst Week Of My Life

The Worst Week Of My Life

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2004 - 2006
  • 17 episodes (3 series)

A sitcom following Howard Steel, a man who manages to get into all kind of embarrasing scrapes. Stars Ben Miller, Sarah Alexander, Geoffrey Whitehead, Alison Steadman, Janine Duvitski and more.


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The Worst Christmas Of My Life, Episode 1

It's Howard's first festive season with the in-laws, a terrifying ordeal for most people, but a particularly scary one for poor Howard.

Further details

When Howard turns up at his office Christmas party it's apparent from the word go that it's going to be a disastrous evening. He's drunkenly propositioned, electrocuted while doing a spot of karaoke and then vomited on by his drunken boss!

Meanwhile a blissfully unaware Mel packs up baby Emily and turns up at her parents' house earlier than expected. Angela and Dick are excitedly preparing for their grand-daughter's first Christmas, when the doorbell rings to reveal Howard drunk and dressed solely in a nappy made out of a black bin bag!

After a flurry of explanations, Howard dashes for a pee in the downstairs loo - but it's not the downstairs loo, it's the pantry and, as the lights come back on, the whole family witness him doing something unspeakable. Then a false alarm leads to Howard telling Mel's family that Dick has died, and somehow Howard is already spending Mel's inheritance money on a car they most definitely can't afford...

Broadcast details

Tuesday 19th December 2006
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Ben Miller Howard
Sarah Alexander Mel
Geoffrey Whitehead Dick
Alison Steadman Angela
Janine Duvitski Eve
Ronald Pickup Fraser
Sian Thomas Nicola
Kim Wall Mitch
Guest cast
Michael Bertenshaw Hewitt
Philip Bird Alan
Jody Halse Lance
Sarah-Jayne Steed Girl
Luing Andrews Taxi Driver
Writing team
Mark Bussell Writer
Justin Sbresni Writer
Production team
Mark Bussell Director
Justin Sbresni Director
Mark Bussell Producer
Justin Sbresni Producer
Mario Stylianides Executive Producer
Simon Wilson Executive Producer
Nigel Williams Editor
Steve Tempia Editor
Graeme Story Production Designer
Peter Edwards Director of Photography
Nina Humphreys Composer

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