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Dreaming of a red Christmas

Dreaming of a red Christmas

Gemma and Terry are back in this all-star Murder, They Hope horrifying holiday special. Plus, discover our other must-watch seasonal sitcoms on GOLD

By Charlotte Briggs, Staff Writer

They feel it in their fingers, they feel it in their toes. Blood is all around them and so the sleuthing grows. Christmas has come early for fans of Murder, They Hope’s comedy capers, as Sian Gibson (The Power Of Parker) and Johnny Vegas (Romantic Getaway) reprise their roles as the world’s worst detectives Gemma and Terry Bremmers.


The latest feature-length instalment Blood Actually: A Murder, They Hope Mystery follows the Bremmers who have been planning their first Christmas together as newlyweds. Aw! While Terry has been learning how to prepare the ultimate festive feast, Gemma has rented a beautiful cottage in a quaint little village and er, forgotten the turkey. And even though their new neighbours are rather unwelcoming, the pair are determined to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy their getaway.


However, wherever our duo go murderous mayhem is never far behind. As Gemma and Terry try their best to fit in by entering the community’s annual “Santathalon”, the bodies start to pile up faster than the Christmas presents in some very warped ways. Over the course of Santa-themed parades, events and competitive challenges, the paranoid locals start to suspect that Terry and his helper elf Gemma might be the killers. Yikes!


Appearing alongside Gibson and Vegas in Blood Actually: A Murder, They Hope Mystery is a star-studded cast of Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous), Robert Webb (Peep Show), Rose Ayling-Ellis (EastEnders), Clive Russell (Still Game), Martin Kemp (Celebrity Gogglebox), Rosie Cavaliero (Funny Woman) and Terry Mynott (Motherland). Plus, returning favourites include comedy royalty Sherrie Hewson (Benidorm) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda).


Will the Bremmers be able to solve this festive-fuelled murder spree and clear their names? And will Terry be able to secure a new turkey in time for the big day? Tune in to find out at 9pm on Saturday 16 December on GOLD HD (CH 124).


Sometimes there’s nothing like some good old comedy classics to ring in the festive cheer. Snuggle up on the sofa with a mince pie or two and enjoy these TV crackers that’ll have you feeling merry and bright in no time. Happy Christmas!


Find “Heroes And Villains” in On Demand and 12.40pm, Christmas Day, GOLD HD (CH 124)

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Batman! The UK’s most beloved sitcom was always packed to the rafters with laughs, but no episode quite matches up to the comedic genius of its 1996 festive special. Drawing in a record-breaking 21.3 million viewers at the time, the first part of the trilogy sees Del Boy (David Jason) despair as his council grant is rejected while Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) struggles to conceive with Cassandra. However, we all know that at Christmas time anything is possible, and the unintentionally heroic yet hilarious actions of the Trotter brothers put them firmly on Father Christmas’ nice list.


Find it in On Demand

Peel my tangerines! While there have been many adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Blackadder’s comical twist on this timeless tale will have your sides splitting. The short takes place in Victorian London, where moustache proprietor and the “nicest man in England” Ebenezer Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) receives a strange and terrible visit from the Spirit of Christmas (Robbie Coltrane). Several visions later and Blackadder emerges a changed man, teaching us the all-important lesson that, er, “bad guys have all the fun!”


Find “The Christmas Lunch Incident” in On Demand + 8.40pm, Tuesday 12 December, GOLD HD (CH 124)

Wherever Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) goes in the village of Dibley, catastrophe is sure to follow. From writing sermons inspired by the Spice Girls to getting lifts home in the bucket of a tractor, the Christmas edition of this multi-award-winning comedy is a riot from start to finish. When Geraldine proves to be the most popular person in the parish after accidentally accepting four (!!) Christmas lunch invitations, the results are hysterical and stomach churning in equal measure. Give the girl some Gaviscon!


Find “The New Sofa” in On Demand

Baste, my arse! While most of us would be delighted to receive a homecooked meal on Christmas Day, we might have to skip Denise’s (Caroline Aherne) decadent dinner of cup-of-soups “with a twist”, Wall’s Viennetta and a frozen bathtub turkey with endless legs. And in this one-hour festive edition, the Royles prove once again that they’re just like us, cramming in seasonal shenanigans and After Eights without ever leaving the comfort of a sofa.


Find “The Christmas Announcement” in On Demand

Spending the holidays with in-laws is enough to strike fear into anyone’s heart. But nothing gets us into the spirit more than a glass of mint Baileys with Smithy (James Corden) and the Shipman-West gang. Step into Christmas with this yuletide treat that’s filled with surprise announcements, sing-alongs and even a punch-up. And at the end of all the chaos you can grab a seat around the table for a slice of Mick’s handsome Norfolk turkey. Tidy!



When is Blood Actually: A Murder, They Hope Mystery on TV?

Dont miss this soon-to-be Christmas classic at 9pm on Saturday 16 December on GOLD HD (CH 124). Plus, you can find series 1-2 of Murder, They Hope as well as Murder On The Blackpool Express, Death On The Tyne and Dial M For Middlesborough in On Demand now.


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