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Carry On Christmas 1973 (ITV Comedy, Sid James)

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Carry On Christmas 1973 Joan Sims, Sid James Barbara Windsor

In festive special Carry On Christmas Sid James as Father Christmas recounts times of the holiday season through the ages, from life in stone age times to a country house party in the 18th Century and on to Christmas in the trenches during world war one. There was also a Robin Hood send up with Sid as Robin.

Probably the weakest of all the Carry On Christmas’s but at the time incredibly popular – so much so it was even given the coveted slot of the cover of the Christmas edition of TV Times magazine, although the cast, especially Sid James who spends most of the show mesmerised by Barbara Windsor’s cleavage, are having a great time. And seeing the troupe as tutu clad ballet dancers is quite a surreal moment.

Cast: SID JAMES; JOAN SIMS; BARBARA WINDSOR; KENNETH CONNOR; BERNARD BRESSLAW; JACK DOUGLAS; PETER BUTTERWORTH; JULIAN HOLLOWAY; LARAINE HUMPHRYS

Writer: Talbot Rothwell / Choreographer: Terry Gilbert / Music Associate: Norman Stevens / Production Design: Allan Cameron / Executive Producer: Peter Rogers / Producer: Gerald Thomas / Director: Ronald Fouracre

UK / ITV Network – Thames / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 24 December 1973 @ 9.00pm