The EastEnders Christmas Party, BBC1

by | Dec 23, 2004 | All, Reviews

Highlights

1 The song and dance routine around Albert Square to Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, featuring dancing roadsweepers

2 The parodies of BBC1’s dancing idents featuring Garry and Minty

3 McFly performing Little Saint Nick, proving they are as good at sounding like the Beach Boys as they are at emulating the Beatles

4 The Walford School of Body Language in which Linda Robson, Eamonn Holmes (with a good Cockney accent), John Sargeant and Arlene Phillips were taught to be tipsy, slap someone and strut aggressively

5 Pam St Clement’s hilariously solemn White Christmas and her “my precious” joy when she found her earrings

6 Kim Medcalf’s Last Christmas. Yes, we were surprised, too, but she did a sweet little version of the Wham! classic

7 Lemar’s excellent rendition of The Bells Are Ringing

8 The miniature versions of some of the world-weary characters

9 Ian Beale as Scrooge. Why has Hollywood never come knocking?

10 LibDem leader Charles Kennedy’s much-heralded appearance as the Ghost of Christmas future, promising lovely times ahead

Lowlights

1 Most of the jokes would have made a Christmas cracker blush eg “Catherine Zeta Jones has let us down. She’s caring for an elderly relative – her husband.” “Girls Aloud – shouldn’t be aloud, more like.”

3 The sacrilegious Fairtytale of New York by Shane Richie in the betting shop plus his murdering of I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday and his MCing as if he was back at Butlins.

4 Kelly Holmes doing her “phew-I’m-wacked” gesture and the Kim & Aggie cameo

5 The unfunny 12 Days Of Christmas rewrite

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

23/12/2004

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