Fast Freddie, the Widow and Me

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

If you insist upon watching this, I guarantee every single member of your family will laugh at you. Because Fast Freddie is the kind of unashamedly sentimental, clichéd drama that television can only get away with at Christmas, and that any reasonable adult will only watch at Christmas. I loved it.

Laurence Fox is Jonathan, an obnoxious millionaire car dealer who is ordered to do community service with disadvantaged teens after he admits a drink-driving charge. One of the teens is an orphan, Freddie, who is in the final stages of a terminal illness and who wants his last Christmas to be perfect. (You’re groaning, I can tell.) Of course, Jonathan discovers that, underneath the bluster, he’s a decent bloke, as he sets about making Freddie’s wishes come true.

By the end, you, yes you, will be sobbing into a box of dates.

About this programme

Lewis star Laurence Fox drops his nice-guy persona to play brash, wealthy, narrow-minded luxury-car dealer Jonathan, who is found guilty of drink-driving and served with an order to spend the run-up to Christmas helping out at a support organisation for troubled young adults. There he meets the recently widowed Laura, who runs the group, and feisty 18-year-old Freddie, who is terminally ill and only has a couple of months left to live. Jonathan slowly finds his attitude challenged by his new young friend, especially when he discovers Freddie has never had a proper Christmas, so he sets out to make his wish come true. Sarah Smart, Jack McMullen and Tamzin Outhwaite co-star in this heart-warming festive drama.

Cast and crew


Jonathan Donald
Laurence Fox
Laura Cooper
Sarah Smart
Jack McMullen
Marian McLoughlin
Charlie Archer
David Westhead
Larissa Toussaint-Grant
Vahid Gold
Faye Daveney
Calvin Demba
Patsy Morgan
Tamzin Outhwaite
Davood Ghadami
Judy Flynn
Judge Underwood
Bill Paterson
Susie Copeland
Debra Baker
Max Greene
James Weber Brown
Doctor David
Nyasha Hatendi
Reece Beaumont
Freddie's grandma
Ann Beach
Philip Wright


David Richards
Executive Producer
Margaret Enefer
Madonna Baptiste
Christopher Dunlop