Christmas Special

Christmas Special
Radio Times
Review by:
Patrick Mulkern

I am a great supporter of this out-and-proud, vulgar and loud sitcom, so it’s a shame to report that this festive edition is below par.

Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen’s characters, Stuart and Freddie, do little but swish and snipe, and Iwan Rheon is completely wasted as gormless neighbour Ash who, inevitably, bungles their Christmas dinner. So it’s left to the women in their lives to save the programme.

Frances de la Tour is in top gear as Violet the man-eater who’s recently become a masseuse, while Marcia Warren butts in with the best lines as the forgetful Penelope, who suddenly remembers something very important.

About this programme

A festive edition of the comedy starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as a couple who have lived together in London for 50 years. Freddie and Stuart invite friends round for a Christmas Day celebration at their flat, where a game of truth or dare leads to unexpected revelations as young neighbour Ash struggles to manage in the kitchen, and Freddie prepares for a big role. With Frances de la Tour and Iwan Rheon.

Cast and crew


Stuart Bixby
Derek Jacobi
Freddie Thornhill
Ian McKellen
Violet Crosby
Frances de la Tour
Ash Weston
Iwan Rheon
Marcia Warren
Philip Voss


Ed Bye
Executive Producer
Gary Janetti
Gary Reich
Gary Janetti

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