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Worst Case Ontario 3:21 Sat Dec 24
Your favourite Christmas specials
The Office (US) has a few good ones.

Charlie Brown as well; can't knock Vince Guaraldi.

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Lovejoy 8:42 Mon Dec 26
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
Seinfeld - Festivus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX55AzGku5Y

fred flinstone 4:54 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
zico 2:00 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials

It is baffling to me too mate but just consider yourself lucky that you get such enjoyment from them, I know I do

yogib 3:48 Sun Dec 25
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Zico- I watched a program on M&W, C5 Thursday eve and you're right about the bed sketch.

The 1973 special was on afterwards - so if anyone wants an M&W fix have a look at 5 OD

Darlo Debs 2:46 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
Royle Family .. Some of them were brill.

cornish 12:22 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
John candy,uncle buck.

zico 12:14 Sun Dec 25
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I think a lot of credit has to go to the late Eddie Braben as well as the writer. In their early days they had different writers I think that quit after Eric had his first heart attack and that brought the swap to the BBC and hiring Eddie Braben as the writer. He just seemed to smooth out their on screen persona a bit more and they ended up these lovable characters.

I seem to remember a story around Braben's suggestion of the two of them in the same bed in sketches and I don't think they were over keen but Braben said something along the lines of "If it was good enough for Laurel and Hardy it's good enough for you".

Crassus 10:56 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
Takashi Miike 11:22 Sat Dec 24
Cheers mate, cleared that up

Thing about M and W was as said below, Ernie was the straightest of straight men and Eric just plain naturally funny combined with instinctive and masterful timing

Its all about comic timing they say and those two had it

zebthecat 10:46 Sun Dec 25
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Father Ted (the lingerie dept. one)

COOL HAND LUKE 10:21 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
Saw Ernie in the West End (Criterion iirc), in the Ray Cooney farce Run For Your Wife, would've been circa 1988, a few years after Eric had died. He was the detective DS Porterhouse, and at one point in the show he is questioning the bigamous cabby (John Quayle).

Aimi McDonald and others, behind them on stage, start to corpse... Quayle loses it completely and begins to guffaw, 2000 people in the audience are roaring with laughter, Quayle gets worse, has his hands between his knees, genuine tears rolling down his face...

And there's Ernie, straight as a poker, almost nose to nose with Quayle, eyebrows raised in that quizical little way he had, looking at Quayle, looking out at the whole theatre in uproar. Not a twitch. Absolute fucking legend.

Tony Gubba 9:39 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
Jim'll fixit

Grumpster 3:17 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
The previn sketch is genius.

I mean fair play to him as well, as I would have been cracking up being made to film that. Eric morecombe had the gold touch like Ronnie Corbett and what most can only dream of.

Hilarious to 99% of humans and unfunny to 1% of cocks.

zico 2:00 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
Morecambe and Wise every time for me along with any OFAH really.

Can't believe there are actually people out there who don't think Morecambe and Wise were funny?! Was having a heated discussion with one such anti fan last night and gave up in the end. I mean how can anyone not find The Previn Sketch, The Bassey Sketch, The Breakfast Sketch, - "He's not going to sell much ice cream going at that speed, is he" and hundreds of other classic M&W moments not funny?!?!?

HairyHammer 1:46 Sun Dec 25
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If I just get a glimpse of Morecambe & Wise on Christmas day I know I will have smiled and felt warmth at least once.

Grumpster 1:12 Sun Dec 25
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OFAH gold watch trilogy was amazing and in later life seeing morecombe and wise re-runs, I mean they make me laugh every time I see them.

Was obviously too young to appreciate them at the time, but only the special comics make you still laugh heartily years later.

Am sure the two Ronnie's most have had some belters, as rarely has anyone delivered perfection like Ronnie barker.

Slipster 1:01 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
Bottom - Holy , it's on Gold tonight at 12:30. The whole episode is brilliantly written and still has me in stitches - Gold, Frankenstein and Grrr, Vodka Margarine etc.

bruuuno 12:59 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
Good shout on wizard of oz

park chan wook 12:57 Sun Dec 25
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
Only fools and horses. Not a special but I love to watch Wizard of Oz at Christmas, my all time favourite film.

Takashi Miike 11:22 Sat Dec 24
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
crassus, that was covered in the documentary last night (featured lengthy contributions from Eric's two kids). they both questioned the bed scenes when reading the scripts, writer Eddie Braeburn telling them "If its good enough for Laurel & Hardy, its good enough for you two" :.)

Crassus 10:49 Sat Dec 24
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
*their*

Crassus 10:48 Sat Dec 24
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
Morecambe & Wise

As said, brilliant comedians and absolutely integral to Christmas as a kid

Tell you what though, was only saying the other day how retrospectively strange it was that they finished there show in pyjamas in a double bed in a non bender way - stranger still, no one seemed to think so at the time

VirginiaHam 9:43 Sat Dec 24
Re: Your favourite Christmas specials
Morecambe and Wise after the world's most alcoholic christmas pud. is always good value.

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