Ben hates Christmas at the best of times but this year mother-in-law Grace is staying, Nick's hippy friend Alfie turns up from Wales and Susan insists on booking an expensive clown, Shingles, for Kenzo's birthday on Christmas Eve. To save money Ben asks Roger to play the clown but he gets drunk so Ben has to save the day. Finding an expensive ring Ben thinks it is a present from Susan - but it turns out to be from Grace for her lover - so he buys her a first edition of a Virginia Woolf novel at a grand plus.
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Did You Know?
The boy who announces he 'can do a pooh by myself' is played by Tayler Marshall, who plays Kenzo in later series. See more
This is Kenzo's third birthday party just before Christmas. At a previous Christmas, Janey comes home pregnant and gives birth nowhere near Christmas. See more
Don't be such a Scrooge!
For your information, Scrooge was the misunderstood hero of the book until the end, when Dickens copped out and made him nice.
Written by David Farnon See more