In Sickness and in Health: Season 3, Episode 7

Christmas Special (25 Dec. 1987)

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Alf is spending Christmas in hospital for a hip replacement but his visitors' scare stories of what could go wrong propel him into fleeing from the ward dressed as a woman - which incurs a ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Carmel McSharry ...
Arthur English ...
Eileen Kennally ...
Ken Campbell ...
Maggie Jones ...
Mrs. Hollingbery's Sister
Arnold Diamond ...
Brenda Cowling ...
the Matron
Georgia Mitchell ...
the Nurse
John Bird ...
the Consultant
the Irish Drunk


Alf is spending Christmas in hospital for a hip replacement but his visitors' scare stories of what could go wrong propel him into fleeing from the ward dressed as a woman - which incurs a drunk's unwanted attention. Back at the house he is outraged when Mrs Hollingbery's sister turns up after his room, being told that he is not expected to live, but all is forgiven when Mrs Hollingbery invites everybody upstairs for a Christmas party. Unfortunately he has forgotten the loose stair rod and ends up back in the hospital. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Christmas in hospital
20 November 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The third 'In Sickness & In Health' Christmas Special has Alf admitted to hospital over the festive period to have a new hip fitted. His friends torment him with fearful talk of operations going wrong. The Matron ( Brenda Cowling ) is a right mini-Hitler who takes one look at Alf and demands he take all his clothes off so they can be fumigated. A fellow patient has only one leg and has to get about on crutches, while Mr.Rabinsky is openly stealing people's fruit. Alf eventually decides to sneak away. His clothes unavailable, he pinches someone else's - a woman's!

Not as funny as previous Xmas shows, mainly because you really feel for Alf here. Spending Christmas in hospital is bad enough by itself, but then having to listen to Mr.Johnson - a big fan of medical programmes of the 'Your Life In Their Hands' variety - graphically describing the operation in minute detail...well, no wonder Alf does a bunk. John Bird has a small role as 'the Consultant', while the late Norman Rossington ( from Speight's earlier 'Curry & Chips' ) is an Irish drunk who mistakes Alf for a woman and tries to molest him. Brenda Cowling a.k.a. 'The Matron', sadly passed away recently. As Mrs.Holingbery's sister is the wonderful, much-missed Maggie Jones, for many years 'Blanche' in 'Coronation Street'.

Funniest moment - hearing a noise in Alf's flat, Mrs.Holingbery investigates. She encounters Alf in his white hospital gown and thinks he has died and come back as a ghost!

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