Trollied. Gavin (Jason Watkins). Copyright: Roughcut Television


  • 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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Series 5 - A Christmas Carol

It's Christmas Eve and Gavin is proving a real Scrooge. Can a surprise visit from Julie put him in the festive spirit?

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Trollied. Julie (Jane Horrocks). Copyright: Roughcut Television

It's Christmas Eve at Valco, but there is little merriment and joy. On top of a Black Christmas sale that's causing riot-like chaos in the aisles, Gavin has turned scrooge and is demanding his staff come in on the 25th to restock the shelves. Can a visitation from his past, in the form of former colleague Julie Cook remind him of the true meaning of Christmas?

Julie brings some festive cheer to the supermarket but she isn't the only one to drop in on the team. Cheryl also swings by to wish Gavin a merry Christmas and is shocked by the man she sees. Then, when Ian installs a new in-store CCTV system, even Gavin can't believe his eyes when he sees himself in a scene from Christmas present.

To make Gavin's Christmas worse, Colin has the job of being store Santa this year and is far more interested in Mrs Claus than bringing laughter and joy to Valco's young customers. Meanwhile, Frank Uture (guest star Richard Wilson) shows up from Logistics Management with some progressive ideas for Gavin to ponder. With the staff set to work on Christmas morning, can a frightening vision of Valco future change Gavin's mean-spirited mind?

Broadcast details

Wednesday 23rd December 2015
Sky One
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 24th December 2015 10:00pm Sky1
Sunday 27th December 2015 8:30pm Sky2
Friday 1st January 2016 10:00pm Sky2
Sunday 3rd January 2016 8:00pm Sky2
Thursday 22nd December 2016 10:00pm Sky1
Friday 23rd December 2016 12:00am Sky2
Saturday 24th December 2016 11:00pm Sky2
Sunday 24th December 2017 12:00am Sky2
Saturday 15th December 2018 11:00pm Sky2
Thursday 20th December 2018 1:00am Sky1
Saturday 14th December 2019 11:00pm Sky2
Wednesday 18th December 2019 9:00pm 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
Samuel Anderson Daniel
Victor McGuire Ian
Jane Horrocks Julie
Guest cast
Jon Jon Lockwood Eddie
Richard Wilson Frank Uture
Writing team
Paul Doolan Writer
Abigail Wilson Writer
Production team
Jonathan Gershfield Director
Nick Goding Series Producer
Ash Atalla Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer
Alex Smith Executive Producer
Tim Marchant Editor
Julian Fullalove Production Designer
Steve Clark Production Designer


Christmas means one thing for a retail powerhouse such as Valco. Sharply elbowing such concepts as peace and goodwill into a fridgeful of expired perishables, Gavin comes to the conclusion that fisticuffs over discounted, low-end audiovisual equipment isn't just for Black Friday, and decides to open the store. All other festivities are put on ice as a result, leading to disquiet among the retail ranks. While unlikely to rank alongside Blackadder's Christmas Caro, a decidedly modern take on the Dickens classic.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 23rd December 2015

Radio Times review

It's "Black" Christmas Eve at the discount supermarket Valco: as well as bargains being snapped up by hordes of feral shoppers, there are new and familiar faces in the sitcom that attracts top-quality comic actors, then doesn't do quite enough with them. Gavin (Jason Watkins) has become a Scrooge-like hard man, denying his staff a party and prowling around for vulnerable team members he can corral into working on Christmas Day. Will the return of Julie (Jane Horrocks), the tender guidance of rival store manager Cheryl (Sarah Parish) or the arrival of mysterious head-office enforcer Frank (Richard Wilson) lead to a softening of his spirit?

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 16th December 2015

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