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This is the second Christmas Special featured in the ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ TV series. It’s also the first hour-length episode of ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ in the series. However, unlike the 1991 Christmas Special, this special doesn’t have Christmas references in it at all, since it’s more summery.
The first time I saw this special was when my best mate Stephen lent me a VHS recording of it since it had been repeated on TV. I enjoyed watching this hour-long special of ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ with Hyacinth and Richard on the QE2 cruise ship. I was looking forward to owning the episode on DVD!
The special has Hyacinth and Richard going off on a luxury cruise aboard the QE2. However, on the way to Southampton, Hyacinth and Richard face obstacles on their journey. This includes traffic jams; getting lost and ending up in a muddy field. They end up late, as the QE2 leaves without them.
I found it funny whilst in the special, Richard relies on Hyacinth to give him directions and they end up getting lost. When they end at the muddy field, Hyacinth has the gall to say to Richard, “You’ve taken the wrong turning!” Richard gets angry (and who can blame him) when he storms out of the car.
But Richard gets to have his own back on Hyacinth. When they drive into the muddy field to turn around, the car gets stuck. Richard tells Hyacinth to ‘get out and push’ and she’s not happy about it. As Richard drives the car out of the muddy field, Hyacinth ends up having mud all over her clothes. 🙂
What I found funny in that scene was when Hyacinth said to Richard, “You’ll pay for this, Richard Bucket!” before realising her mistake and saying ‘bouquet’ afterwards. Later in the series, it’s revealed the surname’s not ‘bouquet’ at all. It was pretty funny to hear Hyacinth make that mistake.
Eventually, Hyacinth and Richard get to go on a plane to Copenhagen to catch up with the QE2. After escaping the menace of the Danes (according to Hyacinth! 😀 ), the two eventually settle in aboard the cruise ship. Hyacinth is looking forward to meeting up with the captain of the ship over dinner. 😐
But it turns out that Hyacinth and Richard aren’t the only ones aboard the QE2 ship. Onslow and Daisy are there too. Hyacinth believes that Onslow and Daisy are stowaways once she’s seen them come out of a lifeboat. But it turns out it’s not the case, as Onslow and Daisy have come ‘officially’. 🙂
In the special, there’s a sequence where Hyacinth and Richard are running around the QE2 to try and locate Onslow and Daisy. This gives us a chance to see more of the QE2 ship, since they actually filmed the special there. Mind you, this does deviate away from the main story in most of that time.
Michael Cochrane guest stars as the ship’s officer in the special. For me, Michael guest starred in the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘Black Orchid’. I was delighted to see him in this ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ special. I have met Michael in real-life at a ‘Doctor Who’ convention in Chiswick, London, April 2013.
That was the ‘celebrate 50 – The Peter Davison Years’ event to celebrate 50 years of ‘Doctor Who’. I recall Michael sharing his memories of working on the QE2 ship in the special. Most of the scenes Michael has in this special are with Onslow and Daisy as well as a phone conversation with Hyacinth.
The special also features Bernard Holley as the restaurant manager aboard the QE2 ship. Bernard has also been in ‘Doctor Who’ in the TV stories ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’ and ‘The Claws of Axos’. He’s also done Big Finish audio tales like ‘The Feast of Axos’ and ‘Love and War’, which I’ve enjoyed.
I’ve also met Bernard Holley in real-life at the ‘Pandorica 2014’ convention in Bristol, September 2014. The scene he has in this special is quite brief where he tells Hyacinth and Richard that they’re not on the list to sit with the captain at his table. It’s so easy to remember Bernard in this special. 😀
The special also features a guest appearance of Lord Lichfield as himself. I’m not very familiar with Lord Lichfield as a celebrity, but the special does make out he’s someone very important. It was funny when Hyacinth and Richard came across him whilst they’re running about the QE2 cruise ship.
This Christmas Special of ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ doesn’t feel like a proper Christmas Special and it should be more of a Summer Special. But besides that, I really enjoyed the special a lot. It’s got plenty of comedic moments throughout. I’ve seen the special more than once in order to enjoy it. 😀
It’s a nice change to have Hyacinth and Richard aboard a luxury cruise ship and away from home. It’s also very funny when Onslow and Daisy turned up on the ship and Hyacinth assumed they were stowaways. The special concludes with Hyacinth and Onslow dancing together on the dance floor. 🙂
‘Sea Fever’ rating – 9/10
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