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Not the best, but some great moments
on 26 October 2010
Following on from her hit-and-miss experieneces with 'Dinnerladies', this Christmas special in 2000 saw Wood return to the sketch show format she had been so wonderfuly successful with in the 'As Seen on TV' series, and in the all-time classic Christmas Special 'All-Day Breakfast'.
There are some fantastic moments to savour here: the bombed out eastenders, the costume drama send-ups, Delia Smith in a Christmas Carol, the lesbian Brief Encounter - but there are also a few duff notes too - the opening sketch with Roger Moore is dull, some of the connecting moments with semi-famous TV faces are rather self-conscious and uninspired, and the 'Anne Widdecombe' musical is a one-trick pony which quickly loses its humour as it drags on for at least three minutes longer than it should.
All in all, even average Wood is better than the best of most of her contemporaries, but this needed some tightening and polishing in the writing and editing to bring it to the classic status of her earlier sketch material.