As the Garnetts celebrate Christmas Alf berates Rita and Mike for only giving him 'Whiffs' as opposed to real cigars and second-rate socks whilst they have bought Else a dress and accuses ... See full summary »

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As the Garnetts celebrate Christmas Alf berates Rita and Mike for only giving him 'Whiffs' as opposed to real cigars and second-rate socks whilst they have bought Else a dress and accuses his atheist son of hypocrisy. Rita cannot recall his gift of a doll's house when she was little - though that was because Alf fell downstairs and broke it whilst he was drunk. When the carollers call Alf is ready for then with a vase of dirty water but has to drink it when he sees the vicar heading the singers. Written by don @ minifie-1

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26 December 1966 (UK)  »

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Tis the season to be angry
28 November 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

It is Christmas Day in the Garnett household. As the last strains of 'God Save The Queen' fade away, Alf stands proudly to attention, ever the loyal subject. His wife, daughter and son-in-law, on the other hand, tuck happily into turkey with all the trimmings. Alf tries to make them ashamed of their lack of respect. The argument that ensues becomes political, then biblical, as Alf reacts against Mike's athiesm. He bets him ten bob that there is a Heaven...

A sparkling festive edition of 'Till Death Us Do Part', which was also the opening episode of Season 2. The dialogue is wonderful, particularly Alf's diatribe against Harold Wilson, whom he accuses of self-interest by sending the English football team to play in that year's World Cup ( which they won ) in red shirts so that people would think Labour were responsible. The gag with the vicar and the vase of dirty water was later reused in a festive 'In Sickness & In Health' some two decades later. John Junkin's avaricious milkman appeared in several other episodes.

Funniest moment - Alf tearfully relating a tale of how he brought home a dolls house for Rita when she was a little girl. Mike has to stuff a hankerchief in his mouth to stop himself from laughing. When Rita claims not to remember ever having owned a dolls house, Else snaps that it was because he fell down the stairs whilst drunk and smashed it!


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