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  • TV sitcom
  • Sky One
  • 2011 - 2018
  • 71 episodes (7 series)

Sitcom set in a north-west supermarket, focusing on the lives of its staff. Stars Jason Watkins, Sarah Parish, Chanel Cresswell, Stephen Tompkinson, Rita May and more.

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Christmas Special - The Robbery

Trollied. Image shows from L to R: Gavin (Jason Watkins), Tim (John Thomson), Cheryl (Sarah Parish). Copyright: Roughcut Television
It's Christmas Eve but all is not well. A hapless team of criminals are planning to nick the takings: can Gavin save the day?

Further details

It's Christmas Eve at Valco and Gavin has set his sights on smashing the record for the highest-ever Valco takings. Despite Margaret massively misjudging the meaning of 'secret Santa', the tills are ringing and the staff are gearing themselves up for a major blow-out at the Christmas party. Gavin has even found a kindred spirit in new star employee Tim. Best Valco Christmas Eve ever.

But as the festive fun kicks off in the canteen, all is not well. A hapless team of criminals have got into the store and are planning to nick the takings. When their plan goes wrong, they round up all the staff and hold them in the canteen. Well, not all the staff. Unknown to them, Gavin is still on the loose. Can he save the day?

Broadcast details

Sunday 24th December 2017
Sky One
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 25th December 2017 3:30am Sky2
Monday 25th December 2017 9:00pm Sky2
Tuesday 26th December 2017 12:40am Sky1
Saturday 30th June 2018 3:00am Sky1
Friday 14th December 2018 9:00pm Sky2
Sunday 16th December 2018 12:30am Sky2
Monday 17th December 2018 12:00am Sky1
Monday 17th December 2018 9:00pm Sky2
Monday 17th December 2018 11:30pm Sky1
Sunday 23rd December 2018 1:40am Sky1
Wednesday 27th November 2019 9:00pm Sky2
Sunday 15th December 2019 12:30am Sky2
Wednesday 18th December 2019 10:30pm Sky2

Cast & crew

Jason Watkins Gavin
Sarah Parish Cheryl
Chanel Cresswell Katie
Stephen Tompkinson Brian
Rita May Margaret
Dominic Coleman Neville
Carl Rice Colin
Beverly Rudd Lisa
Lorraine Cheshire Sue
Faye McKeever Linda
Jack Carroll Harry
Jessie Cave Heather
Nikhil Parmar Shai
Samuel Anderson Daniel
Victor McGuire Ian
Guest cast
John Thomson Tim
Muzz Khan Wayne
Marek Larwood Baz
Shaun Mason Carl
Saikat Ahamed Bloke
Writing team
Paul Doolan Writer
Production team
Jonathan Gershfield Director
Nick Goding Series Producer
Rebecca Murrell Producer
Ash Atalla Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer
Alex Smith Executive Producer
Tilusha Ghelani Executive Producer
Anne Boyd Line Producer
Tim Marchant Editor
Julian Fullalove Production Designer
Steve Clark Production Designer
Suzanne Crowley Casting Director
Gilly Poole Casting Director
Jon Priddle Director of Photography
Nel Bat Make-up Designer
Sarah Turner Costume Designer
Vivien Ackland-Snow 1st Assistant Director


There are larks aplenty down in the Valco aisles as Sky's passable ensemble comedy opens its store for Christmas Eve. John Thomson slips straight into the role of star employee Tim, as store manager Gavin (Jason Watkins at his busybody best) is hoping to break the record for the shop's highest takings. What could possibly go wrong? Cue robbers holding the staff hostage, with their fate in the hand of have-a-go hero Gavin. Knockabout fun.

Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 24th December 2017

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