Friday 24 December 2021

Ludwig / Christmas Night With The Stars

Splash the halls with pints of sherry, fa-la-la-la-laaa etc, it's the joyous culmination of The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour's Yuletide Extravaganza! The final baubles are placed on branches which have already begun shedding into the carpet, the last odd-tasting chocolate is snaffled from behind a cardboard door and washed down with booze it's socially acceptable to drink before 10am, and the well-thumbed double issue of the Radio Times lies open with more biro circles than a spirograph test sheet. Yes, the true meaning of Christmas is celebrated here: watching the telly with a drink in your hand...

Messrs Velvet, Bognops and Blackout retire from a day's important wassailing to observe a mechanical egg making a festive forest look all tacky and low-rent in Ludwig, and then witness the BBC's 1972 light entertainment budget get well and truly rinsed with the stellar (if unrehearsed) line-up of the final Christmas Night With The Stars.

Is a Christmas episode of a programme still a Christmas episode of a programme if it's titled Christmas but no one in it says the word Christmas? Is a Christmas episode of a programme still a Christmas episode of a programme if it's filmed in August and the only seasonal set decorations get added via blue-screen in early December? And why does this podcast keep watching things with Cilla Black in them, when that's clearly only going to go one way?

Unwrap the Play button to find out...


Ludwig (Christmas)
Broadcast: July 1977, 17:35(?)
Channel/Production: BBC One
Writer: Jane Tann / Susan Kodicek
Director/Producer: Mirek Lang / Peter Lang
Starring: Job Glover

Christmas Night With The Stars
Broadcast: Mon 25 December 1972, 18:55
Channel/Production: BBC One
Writer: Garry Chambers, Barry Cryer, Ronnie King, Wally Malston, David McKellar, Spike Mullins, David Nobbs, Michael Palin & Terry Jones, Neil Shand & Joe Steeples, Peter Vincent, Dick Vosburgh
Director/Producer: Michael Hurl / Terry Hughes
Starring: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Cilla Black, Lulu, The Young Generation, Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie, James Beck, Arnold Ridley, ian Lavender, Mike Yarwood, Adrienne Posta, Polly James, Nerys Hughes, Mollie Sugden, Sheila Fay, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie, Nosher Powell, Sally James.

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