Two Doors Down. Image shows from L to R: Beth (Arabella Weir), Eric (Alex Norton). Copyright: BBC
Two Doors Down

Two Doors Down

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two / BBC One
  • 2013 - 2023
  • 47 episodes (7 series)

Comedy focused on Latimer Crescent residents Eric and Beth Baird, plus their neighbours and immediate family. Stars Arabella Weir, Alex Norton, Doon Mackichan, Jonathan Watson, Elaine C. Smith and more.

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Christmas Special

Two Doors Down. Image shows from L to R: Gordon (Kieran Hodgson), Ian (Jamie Quinn), Beth (Arabella Weir), Christine (Elaine C. Smith), Eric (Alex Norton), Cathy (Doon Mackichan), Colin (Jonathan Watson). Copyright: BBC
Beth and Eric are hoping to have a quiet festive feast on their own.

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It's Christmas Day. Beth and Eric Baird's dreams of a peaceful holiday are thwarted by the antics of their demanding neighbours. They are planning to open presents with their son Ian and his new boyfriend Gordon, before enjoying a quiet dinner for two.

Neighbour Christine is babysitting her granddaughter Madison, who can't wait for her Mummy Sophie to arrive back from Eurodisney. Meanwhile their other neighbours, Cathy and Colin, are anticipating a glamourous skiing holiday in the French Alps - until Air Traffic Control goes on strike and all flights in or out of France are cancelled for two days, which Cathy doesn't take well.

Neither does Christine, since Sophie is now stranded on the other side of the channel - and she is left holding the baby. In true Christmas spirit Beth invites them over to dinner. Eric worries the turkey crown is too small for five, but Beth is upbeat - they'll make do. Even when Ian asks if he and Gordon can stay, making it dinner for seven.

Eric decides to help make wee Madison's Christmas by digging out the old Santa costume, and Beth brightly delivers the dinner - in tiny portions.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 26th December 2017
Time
10:30pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 1st December 2019 11:20pm Gold
Monday 2nd December 2019 2:40am Gold
Tuesday 10th December 2019 12:00am Gold
Tuesday 24th December 2019 9:30pm BBC Scotland
Thursday 26th December 2019 10:45pm BBC Scotland
Thursday 3rd December 2020 12:20am Gold
Sunday 13th December 2020 12:00am Gold
Sunday 13th December 2020 3:10am Gold
Monday 21st December 2020 12:15am Gold
Sunday 19th December 2021 10:45pm BBC2

Cast & crew

Cast
Arabella Weir Beth
Alex Norton Eric
Doon Mackichan Cathy
Jonathan Watson Colin
Elaine C. Smith Christine
Jamie Quinn Ian
Kieran Hodgson Gordon
Writing team
Simon Carlyle Writer
Gregor Sharp Writer
Production team
Sasha Ransome Director
Margot Gavan Duffy Producer
Steven Canny Executive Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
Simon Carlyle Associate Producer
Gregor Sharp Associate Producer
Angela Murray Line Producer
Pete Drinkwater Editor
Jo Sutherland Production Designer
Carole K. Fraser (as Carole Fraser) Costume Designer
Sarah Bartles-Smith Director of Photography
Maxine Dallas Make-up Designer
Morris Milne 1st Assistant Director
Kate Daughton Commissioning Editor
Ewan Angus Commissioning Editor

Video

Christine spoils the surprise

Christine turns a bit Mystic Meg when the Baird family open their Christmas presents.

Featuring: Alex Norton (Eric), Arabella Weir (Beth), Elaine C. Smith (Christine), Jamie Quinn (Ian) & Kieran Hodgson (Gordon).

Press

Two Doors Down canters ahead of most sitcoms by virtue of being well acted, sharply scripted, featuring (some) great one-liners and overall being, generally, on the cusp of humour rather than the cusp of, say, forcing oneself to rip out one's own carotid artery with a rusty potato-peeler. For that you still need Mrs Brown's Boys, that's still yer man.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 2nd January 2018

As ever, a pleasing mix of traditional and contemporary is delivered by this Scottish comedy. Never mind us viewers, surely by now not even Beth and Eric themselves can be surprised that their plans for a peaceful Christmas - just the two of them - will be ruined, with amusing consequences. This year, a strike by French air traffic controllers brings them unexpected guests. Their turkey crown is stretched as far as Eric's patience.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 26th December 2017

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