C4's Entertainment & Comedy Christmas Cracker


Friday Night Dinner Series 2

'Christmas' By Robert Popper

Date: Christmas Eve Monday 24th Dec

It's Christmas day. Mum has made a fantastic Christmas dinner, although Adam is, as usual a bit confused: "Don't you think it's a bit weird we do all this Christmassy stuff?"

"Why?" Says mum.

"Um, maybe because we're Jewish," says Adam.

The boys are delighted that Grandma, is coming round, but horrified that dad's (Martin's) mother - 'Horrible Grandma' - is coming too.

"When will she die?" says Jonny. "That's a terrible thing to say". Says mum.

"Is it?" says Adam.

"No, not really," says mum. "Martin, when will your mother die?"

"In about an hour, hopefully" says dad.

Horrible Grandma turns up with her equally horrible dog, Boudacea, which has to wear an oxygen mask ("Her lungs have rotted away" says Horrible Grandma).

Horrible Grandma hates mum's "horrible dry turkey", and mum is distraught when Horrible Grandma brings her own turkey with her to eat. Dad and the boys are jealous, as they too secretly hate mum's dry turkey.

Later, Jonny gives Adam a present. Adam tears it open, and a mass of spaghetti bolognaise falls straight onto his lap. "I must give you the recipe," laughs Jonny.

After dinner, tensions mount, as the two grandmas have an argument that develops into a proper grandma fight.

And then Jim turns up, dressed as Father Christmas...

Production Company: Big Talk Productions

Executive Producer: Kenton Allen, Nira Park.

Directed By: Martin Dennis

Produced By: Robert Popper.

Cast: Dad (Paul Ritter), Mum (Tamsin Greig), Adam (Simon Bird), Jonny (Tom Rosenthal), Jim (Mark Heap), Grandma (Frances Cuka) and Horrible Grandma (Rosalind Knight)

Made in Chelsea

Date: Christmas Eve Monday 24th Dec E4

It's Christmas in Chelsea and that means it's party season... and drama. With relations between Ollie and Gabriella still strained after their dalliance in Amsterdam, Gabriella has been spending much of the festive season keeping a low profile. When Cheska, Binky, Ollie, and Richard finally catch up with her, she reveals some life changing plans.

Torn between his feelings for Ashley and Sophia, Francis seeks the advice of an old friend. But when he arranges to meet with Sophia to exchange Christmas presents, he gets more than he bargained for.

Spencer arranges a meeting between his girlfriend, Louise, and best friend, Jamie, in an effort to make them bury the hatchet. But the conversation soon turns to problems closer to home.

At the Christmas Party, Francis makes accusations about Spencer to Louise's best friends Millie and Rosie. They're torn as to whether or not to confront Spencer and force him to reveal all, in front of Louise.

Series Producer: Ros Coward

Series Director: John Pereira

Prod Company: Monkey Kingdom

8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special

Date: Christmas Eve 24th Dec

Popular comedy panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats returns to Channel 4 for a cracking Christmas special.

Stand-up comic and presenter Jimmy Carr will be at the helm to oversee the disputes and deliberations on the festive topics that set the great British public's chins wagging. And comedians Sean Lock and Jon Richardson will be back to head up the teams for this year's Christmas capers. Guests joining the teams for some yuletide fun will include Sarah Millican, Stephen Mangan and Joe Wilkinson.With lots of Christmas-themed questions and a sprinkling of tinsel, 8 Out of 10 Cats will be celebrating the season of goodwill in true festive style.

Production Company: Zeppotron

Series Producer: Richard Cohen

The Executive Producers: Ruth Phillips and Richard Osman

Director: Richard Valentine.

Alan Carr: Chatty Man Christmas Special

Date: Christmas Day 25th Dec

Funnyman Alan Carr returns to Channel 4 this autumn with the ninth series of his very own award-winning chat show, Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

In this week's Christmas special, expect a treat of festive frolics plus the odd song or two by Alan's very special Christmas house-band, McFly. Also joining Alan on the sofa for some Christmas cheer are the boys from JLS, ex-Dragons Den star Hilary Devey to talk about her two new series for Channel 4 plus friend of the show David Walliams will be dropping by to talk all things Christmas

Music this week is from McFly who'll be performing a very special medley of their greatest hits.

Alan's unique warm hospitality and infectious personality have cemented him as the perfect chat show host, inviting his A-list guests to let their hair down, have a good old natter and most importantly, have fun.

Production Company: Open Mike Productions

Series Producer: Jon Holman

Executive Producers: Andrew Beint & Addison Cresswell

Channel 4 commissioning editor: Syeda Irtizaali

The 50 Funniest Moments of 2012

Date: Friday 28th Dec

Stacey Solomon, Russell Kane, Rob Beckett, Katherine Ryan and a sackful more comedians and celebrities take a look back over 2012 at the funniest, most outrageous and quite frankly wrong moments that made 2012 what it was: everything from Boris Johnson dangling from a zip wire to the phenomenon of the hit single Gangnam Style.

Producer: Laura Clark

Executive Producers: Andrew Newman, Paul Murray, Lee Hupfield

Production Company: An Objective Scotland Production


Date: TBC

Rich Fulcher introducers an insane look at the big news events of 2012 through totally original commissioned media mash-ups made by the internet's most famous names including Dan Bull, David Schneider, Cassette Boy and Rob Manuel. News events covered include Barclay's Bank LIBOR fixing, Kate Middleton, 50 Shades of Grey and Lonesome George the Galapagos tortoise are all given the mash-up treatment. C4's Drugs Live features with a trippy song ‘Tea's a Drug' (yep, The Shaman gave their approval) and a truly ‘spaced out' version of the Felix Baumgartner. The US elections, the Olympics 2012 meets the London riots, the Jubilee, Julian Assange, Apple, The BBC, Duncan Bannatyne, the melt down of the Murdoch empire and a pre I'm A Celebrity David Haye, doing what he does, coming to blows with Derek Chisora in the lead-up press conference to their fight, are also covered. No one is safe.

Production Company: The Connected Set

Series Producer: Michael Livingstone

Executive Producer: Jason Mitchell

Channel 4 commissioning editors: Madeleine Knight & Richard Davidson Houston

Big Fat Quiz of the Year

Date: Sunday 30th Dec

Jimmy Carr puts another panel of celebrities to the test as they battle it out to see who remembers most about the events of 2012.

What did Prince Harry get up to in Vegas?

Why were we all talking about pasties and sausage rolls?

And how did Usain Bolt celebrate his amazing 200m win at the Olympics?

If you know the answer to all, some or even none of the above then join us as a host of big names including Jonathan Ross, Russell Howard, Jack Whitehall and James Corden vie for the coveted Big Fat Quiz crown.

As usual, Jimmy will be calling on some seriously A-list question setters with Seth Rogen, Jack Black, Ricky Gervais, Will Ferrell, Quentin Tarantino and Sacha Baron Cohen all turning up to lend a helping hand in previous years.

Whether you want to play along at home or if you'd rather just sit back and let the celebs do all the hard work, don't miss The Big Fat Quiz of the Year - the perfect way to see out 2012.

Production Company: Hot Sauce TV
Producers: Ben Knappett & Matt Nida
Director: Mick Thomas
Executive Producers: Jonathan Ross & Jane Goldman

The Last Leg Of The Year

Date: Sunday 30th Dec

The Last Leg of the Year is an alternative review and celebration of the incredible year that was 2012. Adam Hills is joined by Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to provide an intelligent and off-beat commentary on the significant moments of the last year, underpinned by the three standout events - the Jubilee, Olympics and Paralympics.

Celebrity guests will join Alex and Josh on the sofa as they also look to pick out the hidden gems, and weird and wonderful moments, as well as helping to answer the questions that the viewers and audience have always been afraid to ask, with Alex and Adam providing their unique take on all the events of 2012.

The incredible moments from the last year will be brought to life through a mixture of video tape inserts and live discussion, with fresh and original challenges for the team and their studio guests, as they celebrate an incredible 2012.

Production Company: Open Mike Productions

Series Producer: Pete Thomas

Director: John McKenna

Executive Producers: Addison Cresswell, Andrew Beint

Alan Carr New Year's Specstacular

Date: New Year's Eve 31st Dec

After the success of Alan Carr's New Year Specstacular 2011 he has decided to do it all over again to celebrate New Year's Eve 2012. Once again Alan and his A List friends will be running riot around Channel 4 HQ bringing in 2013 with unpredictable madness, party games and special guests.

Alan's unique warm hospitality and infectious personality makes him the perfect host for this party with a difference. Viewers can expect his special guests appearing throughout the programme in various guises including VT sketches, entertaining games and top musical performances along with his raucous studio audience participating in the festivities.

Alan is joined by a host of stars live in the studio including: Jonathan Ross, Jack Whitehall, Jimmy Carr, Gok Wan, Melanie Sykes, Jonnie Peacock plus many more familiar faces.

Live music is from Bruno Mars

Production Company: Open Mike Productions

Series Producer: Russell Balkind

Executive Producers: Addison Cresswell & Andrew Beint

Channel 4 commissioning editor: Syeda Irtizaali

The Unseen Frankie Howerd

Date: New Year's Eve 31st Dec

Twenty years after his death, this new documentary reveals never-before-seen footage of one of the country's most popular comedic stars - Frankie Howerd.

Alongside clips from his classic shows, the programme unveils professional and personal archive film and audio that has never been broadcast. From pilots and home movie footage, to unseen interviews and material from his live stand up show, the show highlights Frankie's career from the highs to the lows, showcasing the remarkable career of the comedy legend. In addition, the film lifts the lid on Frankie's vast collection of personal correspondence. From Sir Laurence Olivier and Paul McCartney to Howerd's many fans, everyone wrote to Frankie - and Frankie always took the time to write back.

The 90-minute offering features a range of contributors, including some of the comedian's most famous fans - Sir Bruce Forsyth and Barry Cryer. We also hear from the people who were closest to him, such as his former agents, collaborators and writers, including Ray Galton, Alan Simpson and Clive Anderson.

Exec Producer: Mat Steiner

Director / Producer: Andy Humphries

Prod Company: Gogglebox Entertainment

The Channel 4 Mash Up

Date: Friday 4TH January 2013

The Channel 4 Mash Up returns for a night of show-swapping fun from our favourite Channel 4 stars. The three and a half hour night will be hosted by two of Channel 4 biggest talents Davina McCall and Kevin McCloud and will feature a variety of comedy sketches throughout the night, including Deal Or No Deal and psychological mastermind Derren Brown trying his hand as a contestant ‘playing' The Banker at his own successful game.

Channel4 Mash up is commissioned by Entertainment Commissioning Editor Madeleine Knight

Executive Producer for Channel 4 is Hannah Dodson.

Production Company: Fresh One Productions

Series Producer: Stephanie McIntosh

Director: Graham Proud

Executive Producer: Roy Ackerman, Rachel Ablett

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Deal Or No Deal

The 8 out of 10 Cats - Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson and Sean Lock - hijack an episode of Deal or No Deal

Director: Ollie Bartlett

Executive Producers: Richard Osman, Ruth Phillips, Richard Hague, Glenn Hugill

Series Producer: Richard Cohen, Jim Connolly

Production Companies: Zeppotron & Remarkable

Made in Chelsea Celebrity Mash Up

SW3 also features with a number of Channel 4 faces swapping their postcodes for Made in Chelsea as they strut their stuff and party with London's glamorous young socialites.

Series Director: John Pereira

Series Producer: Ros Coward

Executive Producer: Sarah Dillistone & David Granger

Production Company: Monkey Kingdom

Come Dine With Me Comedy Mash Up

Dinner is served with plenty of giggles as a bunch of mischievous comedians taking on the dinner party challenge with Angelos Epithemiou, Olivia Lee, Pete Firman and Stan Boardman.

Executive Producer: Matt Calais

Series Producer: Andrew Burgess

Directors: Lizzie Gill & Edward Anderson

Production Company: ITV Studios

The Million Pound Chatty Man Drop

Alan Carr causes havoc in a special Chatty Man version of The Million Pound Drop where we see Loose Women (Denise Welch, Sherrie Hewson, Lisa Maxwell and Jane MacDonald) Richard Bacon and Alexander Armstrong take on the Drop in a bid to win £1million for their charities.

Executive Producers: James Fox, David Flynn and Michelle Woods

Series Producer: Ed De Burgh

Director: Julian Smith

Production Company: Remarkable Television

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