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During my childhood and teens I used to get extremely excited for Christmas. So much to the point where on Christmas Eve I just couldn’t go to sleep! For me, it has always been about bringing all of the family together, sharing humongous meals and of course, exchanging lots and lots of presents!
But one of the aspects of Christmas I love most is that it’s probably the only time of year where you can sit down, put your feet up and actually relax without the worry that usually gets us during our day-to-day lives.
The television sitcoms would always pull out all the stops to make a memorable Christmas special that helped you wash away the stress from work. Nowadays though, I feel British sitcoms lack the edge that the older ones had. So here are my top five timeless T.V specials that you need to watch this Christmas.
Blackadder’s Christmas Carol
“Ebenezer Blackadder- the kindest and loveliest man in all England” is how Richard Curtis’ classic comedy starts and Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder is the complete opposite to how we all know and love him. A spirit of Christmas shows him the contradictory antics of his predecessors and shows that he will be a subordinate to a mighty Baldrick if he were to stay the way he is.
Father Ted: A Christmassy Ted
In this episode, Ted and Dougal find themselves lost in the lingerie section of the department store and, since they are priests, don’t want to be seen by others in case there is a scandal. They unwittingly bump into more priests in the same dilemma and Ted becomes the hero who leads them to safety as if he were a Vietnam soldier.
The Vicar of Dibley: The Christmas Lunch Incident
Another Richard Curtis gem, Geraldine finds herself inexplicably invited to three Christmas meals on the big day but can’t bring herself to turn any of them down. So she manages to fit three, three course meals before spending all of Boxing Day on the toilet.
Mr Bean: Merry Christmas Mr Bean
In Bean’s usual calamitous nature, he tries his “if it breaks, don’t buy it” motto in Harrods, thwarts a pickpocket and gives the stolen items to the Salvation Army, and makes a mega Christmas cracker by strapping several other crackers together.
The Office Christmas Special
Though a more recent inclusion, I felt it deserved a mention! A year after the series had finished, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant put a 2 part Christmas special together that saw the camera reunite with the staff for the office Christmas party. David Brent is now selling cleaning products, Dawn and Lee moved to Florida, Gareth is Regional manager and Tim has remained the same. Dawn arrives back to be with Tim after she breaks up with Lee and David finally makes the office genuinely laugh when he does his Frank Spencer impression.
Do you agree that they don’t make them like they used to? Comment and share your thoughts below!
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Estelle Page is a freelance interior designer who always gets into the Christmas spirit earlier than anyone else. She recommends Ambius UK for all of your Christmas decoration needs.