Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard's shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, ... See full summary »
Alan Partridge a failed television presenter whose previous exploits had featured in the chat-show parody Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, and who is now presenting a programed on local radio in Norwich.
In this Christmas special from 1996, Ted manages to avert a major catastrophe when he, Dougal and a group of other priests become lost in the lingerie section of a clothes store. Managing to get them out of the store and averting another scandal in the catholic church. Ted is awarded a Golden Cleric. Ted is undoubtedly pleased but things take an unexpected turn when a priest called Father Todd Unctious turns up who claims to be an old friend of Teds. Although Ted can't for the life of him remember who he is. Written by
There is a visit to a department store which boasts (we're told) the largest lingerie department in Ireland. However, the establishing shot of the store is of Oxford Street in London. It even features a bus stop with the easily recognisable London Transport logo. See more »
Christmas specials of comedy series, usually being longer, can be a curate's egg - good in parts etc... This episode, however, despite being double the length of a typical Ted, maintains the series' stratospherically high standards throughout! Right from the introductory absurdity of the Ted household's visit to The Mainland for Christmas shopping, to the (un)dynamic duo's incarceration in Ireland's Largest Lingerie Department, through Ted's elevation to Priest of the Year and Mrs Doyle's adventures with the Teamatic, this is a total gem of a show.
The Vietnamesque escape from said Lingerie Department, Father Jack's being parked in a creche (spelling 'Arse, Feck, Girls' with the ABC wooden spelling blocks and corrupting the other infants into crying those very words later), the sleazy flashback of the old priest talking about Ted to Father Unctious, every scene is perfect.
Watch out for a young Kevin McKidd, of 'Rome' fame, as a callow priest losing it in the Lingerie Department, and the lovely Ed Byrne as a scoffing youth on a gay-chatline spoof...
P.S. Dermot Morgan is so painfully missed...
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