9 reasons why The Likely Lads made the best Xmas TV special ever.

Jem Stone
Jem Stone
Dec 21, 2015 · 5 min read

1.The best TV theme ever written has some extra sleigh bells on it.

The “Whatever Happened to…” of the 2 regular series had been dropped for the special.
It was 15 minutes longer.

2.It has the first joke about the Great Escape being on TV every Christmas.

The illustration from the Radio Times by Mark Thomas for the 1987 showing.

3.Its written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais in their imperial phase.

4.Its prescient about fears that Christmas is too commercial and it starts far too early.

Thelma had the best haircut of any 70s sitcom

5.Bob’s reluctant domesticity is articulated by nervous Xmas football references

Rodney Bewes and Ian La Frenais at St James Park in 1973

6.It has some of the best examples of what a 70s christmas should be.

7.The loneliness of Terry, the minicab driver.

8.Thelma

9.James Bolam and Rodney Bewes.

Jem Stone

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#bhafc fan My day job is Head of social media for the BBC’s Radio stations & BBC Sounds

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