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Tim Vine Travels Through Time

Tim Vine Travels Through Time

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2017
  • 2 episodes

Comedy in which antique dealer Tim Vine travels through time on various errands, meeting historical figures in the process.

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Christmas Special

Tim Vine Travels Through Time. Image shows from L to R: Anne Boleyn (Emma Bunton), Tim (Tim Vine). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions
Tim finds himself in the court of King Henry VIII. Can he solve the mystery of the ignored party invites? Can he step up to the plate as the new Court Jester? And can he find a new antique donkey ornament and get back to the shop before Christmas Eve? Only time travel will tell... Guest starring Emma Bunton.

Further details

It's Christmas time at Tim's antiques shop, and special celebrity guest Emma Bunton needs Tim's help. Can he make this antique silver lion as good as new? Thanks to his time-travelling grandfather clock, the answer is always yes!

Tim travels back to Tudor England, arriving in the court of Henry VIII just as the Christmas celebrations are getting underway. But finding a silver lion isn't going to be as easy as it seems: Catherine of Aragon (Sally Phillips) has a new lady in waiting, Anne Boleyn (Emma Bunton), who's desperate to impress - and save her head - by arranging a fantastic Christmas party for the king.

There's just one problem: no one has RSVPd! And when Tim meets the King he's mistaken for the new court jester and immediately put in charge of the entertainment. Looks like the search for a new silver lion will have to wait...

Can Tim step up to the plate as the new court jester and pull off a party fit for a king? Can he find the silver lion and get back to his shop before Christmas? Can he fit any more puns into half an hour?! Only time travel will tell...

Broadcast details

Friday 29th December 2017
30 minutes
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 18:45 at Elstree Film Studios

Cast & crew

Tim Vine Tim
Guest cast
Emma Bunton Anne Boleyn
Sally Phillips Catherine of Aragon
Danny John-Jules (as Danny John Jules) Cardinal Wolsey
Richard Coles Pope Adrian VI
Spencer Jones Belvedere
Mandeep Dhillon Jane Seymour
Marek Larwood Gordon
John Archer King Henry VIII
Writing team
Tim Vine Writer
John Archer Writer
Production team
Barbara Wiltshire Director
Christine Langan Executive Producer
Paul Schlesinger Executive Producer
Claire McCarthy Producer
Richard Halladay (as Richard Halladey) Editor
Phil Lepherd Editor
Jim Holloway Production Designer
Julia Smith Lighting Designer
Andrew Blaney Composer
Graham Noon Composer
Rachel Sheridan Casting Director
Marion Miller (as Marion Miller-McCarthy) Costume Designer
Joe Hopker Make-up Designer
Tim Vine Composer
Alex Moody Commissioning Editor


Nothing says Christmas like a fusillade of puns. Happily, that's just what Tim Vine - travelling not just in time with this show, but all the way from radioland - has got in store for us. In what is essentially Mr Benn but with nearly real people such as Emma Bunton, Tim travels from his antiques shop to Tudor England, where he lands a role as Henry VIII's jester. Appearances also from Sally Phillips and Rev Richard Coles.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 29th December 2017

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