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 3

Christmas day arrives and so begins a ritual of friends, food, frivolity - and the odd, potentially fatal occurrence. Will Howard remain irrevocably unpopular or will he, just this once, step in and save the day?

Further details

With the whole family attending Midnight Mass, Howard protects himself from Eve's insane ex boyfriend Mitch, by bludgeoning him with the Virgin Mary from the Nativity display. Despite this, things for once are just starting to look up for him when the next morning Mel admits she is strangely turned on by his macho behaviour - surely not a good idea when your in-laws are downstairs!

When Fraser convinces himself that Howard has stolen his bagpipes and Eve becomes dangerously suicidal, Howard's chances of a relaxing Christmas Day with his family start to recede alarmingly. At least nothing terrible will happen to the Christmas presents... or will it?

Broadcast details

Friday 22nd December 2006
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Ben Miller Howard
Sarah Alexander Mel
Geoffrey Whitehead Dick
Alison Steadman Angela
Janine Duvitski Eve
Ronald Pickup Fraser
Kim Wall Mitch
Guest cast
Michael Cochrane Rupert
Carmen Du Sautoy Daphne
Oliver Milburn Ed
James Puddephatt Policeman
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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