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Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Comedy TV

Last night, Channel 5 on UK TV had a three hour long programme devoted to TV’s Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments – I watched most of it and revelled in the rich pickings offered and I will probably watch again when the show repeats on Christmas Eve.
It showed a wonderful variety of writing and acting talent that brought back many chuckles and even belly laughs as I watched familiar and not so familiar shows. There were scenes from Only Fools and Horses, Dad's Army and The Office. Famous Christmas Special moments such as the Morecambe and Wise Show with the newsreader Angela Rippon dancing, Dawn French having too many Christmas dinners as she goes around her parishioners in her guise as the Vicar of Dibley, and from Only Fools and Horses the amazement of Del and Rodney when the sale of their forgotten Harrison watch is sells at auction for millions of pounds, changing their lives forever. OK, perhaps not a very highbrow show and quite predictabled, but one to remind one of the great depth of comedy talent that TV has brought us over many years. Old friends that I had met as guests at my parents’ home in Highgate appeared. Paul Eddington in The Good Life, Graham Crowden in Porridge as the Doctor at Slade Prison telling Fletcher that he’s malingering. Many more too that had me chuckling my way to bed last night. I will try to record the re-run of this programme on Christmas Eve.

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