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Mid Life Christmas (2009)

'Lark Pies to Cranchesterford' is a sunny costume spoof in which Victorian teenager Araminty Fich leaves her humble hamlet to work in the Post and Potato Office in the bustling town of ... See full summary »

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Tony Dow

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Victoria Wood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Wood ... Herself / Various characters
Julie Walters ... Bo Beaumont / Mrs. Overall
Anton du Beke ... Himself
Delia Smith ... Herself
Jayne Torvill Jayne Torvill ... Herself
Christopher Dean Christopher Dean ... Himself
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Catheter Finch
Emily Atack ... Cranchesterford teenager
Dorothy Atkinson ... Kerry Perry / Cranchesterford market seller
Neil Bell ... Blacksmith
Naomi Bentley ... Deirdre Gumbarton
Gina Bramhill ... Araminty Finch
Peta Cornish Peta Cornish ... TV ad actress - 'Let's Talk Rubbish'
Gabriel Churchill Gabriel Churchill ... Teenage TV viewer
Bob Cryer ... Steve Codlington / TV Ad Voice Over
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'Lark Pies to Cranchesterford' is a sunny costume spoof in which Victorian teenager Araminty Fich leaves her humble hamlet to work in the Post and Potato Office in the bustling town of Cranchesterford where the local postmistress finds a love rival for the squire in a very camp postman. Also featured are a parody documentary in which soap actress Bo Beaumont, creator of the iconic Boadicea Overall in 'Acorn Antics' tries to revive her flagging career by auditioning for reality shows though it becomes apparent she has no talent and coverage of the mid-life Olympics where medals are awarded for shopping and assembling flat pack furniture. The finale sees Victoria perform her famous Ballad of Freda and Eric, accompanied by dozens of tap-dancing Freda and Eric look-alikes. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

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Release Date:

24 December 2009 (UK) See more »

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Victoria Wood's Mid Life Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Victoria Wood's fourth, and final Christmas special, Mid Life Christmas is notable for being the only one not to air on Christmas Day. Its predecessors All Day Breakfast (1992), Live in Your Home (1994) and With All The Trimmings (2000) all received prestigious Christmas Day slots, though Mid Life Christmas instead aired on Christmas Eve 2009. See more »

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Mid life disappointment
26 December 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Although regarded as a national treasure and a magnet for BAFTA awards, I always found Victoria Wood to be an acquired taste. Then again I remember Granada Television desperately flogging the Wood & Walters comedy show to an unimpressed public in the early 1980s.

By 2009 when her Mid Life Christmas was broadcast, it was clear Victoria Wood's creative juices were running dry and at 60 minutes this felt a lot longer.

The pastiche of Cranford was something French & Saunders did years earlier on other similar themed BBC costume dramas. Although I did like the 'smirking' area outside the inn and needlepoint texting.

The middle aged Olympics was uninspired. The mockumentary on Bo Beaumont the actress who played Mrs O in Acorn Antiques was just OK.

The best bit was the dancing on the Apprentice set by Margaret and Nick. The programme finishes with one of her most famous ditties, Let's do it with a CGI dance routine.

However this special left even her fans subdued.


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