CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 1994
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This is the third Christmas Special from the ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ series. It’s a 50-minute episode and like the previous Christmas Special in 1993 with the QE2 cruise storyline, this episode has no Christmas references in it. Although, there are subtle hints of Christmas featured in the story.
Firstly, there’s the wintery atmosphere especially when our main characters are outside and when Liz wears a woolly hat on her head. There are also the Christmas decorations hanging on the walls in Onslow’s house. Thus the episode does have a Christmas feel to it, even though it’s not overstated.
In this Christmas Special, Richard has a problem with his left foot when he has ‘athlete’s foot’ – a minor fungus infection. This is something Hyacinth doesn’t approve of and she tries to make out that Richard has ‘gout’ instead of ‘athlete’s foot’. This is something that sees Hyacinth at her silliest worst.
Hyacinth doesn’t seem to realise that ‘gout’ is worse than a fungus infection. She believes that ‘gout’ comes from an ‘excess of good living’. Richard has to wear a bandage around his left foot to make out he’s got gout. One wonders why Hyacinth does not say anything about Richard’s ‘athlete’s foot’.
This clearly demonstrates that Hyacinth lives in a world of her own and doesn’t acknowledge other people, as she tries to show off that she and Richard are of superior upper class standards. She’s naïve that ‘gout’ is worse than ‘athlete’s foot’ and seems disbelieving that she married an athlete (?!)
Also during the episode, Hyacinth sets her sights on purchasing a new kitchen fitting called Angel Gabriel Blue. She even gets advice from Jeremy Gittins as the Vicar to approve of the choice she’s making with her new kitchen fitting. She goes to the exclusive kitchens’ store to find what she wants.
Trevor Bannister guest stars as Mr. Merryweather, the salesman at the exclusive kitchens’ store that Hyacinth visits. Trevor Bannister is well-known for his regular appearances in the BBC sitcom ‘Are You Being Served’. Mr. Merryweather gets a shock when Hyacinth is messing up one of the kitchen tops.
Hyacinth adds mixtures of food stuff all over one of the kitchen tops to measure how long it will leave stains. When I saw that in the episode I was like “Hyacinth, what do you think you’re doing?!” Hyacinth gets a shock with Mr. Merryweather when it turns out he is Rose’s latest boyfriend in this.
My favourite moments in this episode are when Hyacinth invites Elizabeth and Emmet for morning coffee to see Richard’s bandaged foot. My favourite moments are when Hyacinth tries to make out Richard can react in pain to the vibrations of shutting a door. Richard’s scream of pain was hilarious!!
It was also funny when Hyacinth presented Liz with a coffee mug with a lid on it. Liz is delighted at first, but then realises she has to take the lid off to lead back where she started with spilling coffee to the floor. It was incredibly hilarious when Hyacinth gave a pink baby’s mug for Liz to drink instead.
My last favourite moment with Liz and Emmet was when the phone rings and Liz knocks Emmet’s arm, causing him to spill coffee all over him. It was so funny when Hyacinth declares that the coffee ‘hasn’t spilled all over her furniture…or anything that matters’. Emmet’s so annoyed as she says that.
With Onslow, Daisy and Rose, Daddy has gone missing and there’s a stranger in his bed. The stranger happens to be Preston Lockwood as Mr. Mawsby. For me, Preston Lockwood was in the ‘Doctor Who’ story, ‘Snakedance’; Series 4 of ‘Jeeves & Wooster‘ and the BBC version of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’. Mr. Mawsby appears at the end of the Christmas episode.
Hyacinth and Richard are informed of what’s happened with Daddy and they soon drive over to Onslow’s place. Richard has to drive with his left barefoot in the car. If Richard has gout, he shouldn’t be driving! Hyacinth is so silly here, since she states that people can drive barefoot whilst in Nigeria.
The sequence with Hyacinth and Richard driving to Onslow’s was funny to watch, especially when the car makes noise as Richard drives with his left barefoot. Richard is clearly annoyed with having to drive with a barefoot, but Hyacinth doesn’t listen to him. Richard shouldn’t have taken a stand here.
The episode ends with Richard climbing up the ladder to look for Mr. Mawsby in Daddy’s bedroom. If Richard has gout, he shouldn’t be up the ladder! Richard soon ends up falling and dangling from the ladder. No-one helps him!! I felt sorry for Richard. He calls out to everyone he has a fungus infection.
I have a lot to say about this Christmas Special of ‘Keeping Up Appearances’. That must mean that it’s one of my favourites as well as the QE2 episode. It’s not overly Christmassy as you would expect, but it has that comforting atmosphere to make it feel like a great Christmas special which I did enjoy.
‘Christmas Special 1994’ rating – 9/10
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