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Silly, But It's Fun

Seasonal special of the suburban sitcom. The Goods and the Leadbetters plan their respective Christmases, but neither go according to plan. Classic from 1977.


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They don't look much like robins to me.

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Ohhhhh!

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Oh. They're nice.

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-D'you like them?

-Yes. Little Christmas vultures.

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-Did you get cold out?

-Yes.

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-Good.

-They're good. Newspaper paper-chains.

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Yes, readable decorations.

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-For the pigs, too. And the chickens.

-You saw them?

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Honestly! Paper-chains in a pig-sty!

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It's their Christmas as much as ours.

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Except for tomorrow's dinner. Deck the halls with boughs of holly.

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-We can't afford holly.

-I know.

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Da-ra!

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-Where did you get that?

-The golf course.

-Tom!

-I'm a member.

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-You've lapsed.

-They wouldn't mind.

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-You're sure?

-Everybody's up there with shears in their golf bags.

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-Thief!

-I got this too.

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Wouldn't be Christmas without mistletoe.

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-Stolen mistletoe. I've got a tree too.

-A stolen tree?

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-No!

-Well, where did you get it?

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-I found it.

-Where?

-The greengrocer's.

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If they prosecute, Tom, don't call me as a character witness.

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Have a look at it. I'll just go and lug it in.

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GRUNTS AND GROANS

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Ah!

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-The top snapped off. They didn't want it.

-You toad!

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-There you are.

-A bonsai Christmas tree.

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-Yes. It would do as a centre-piece.

-I've already made one.

-Where?

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-Smashing. What is it?

-A yule log.

-Y-e-s. Very nice.

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That's only the base.

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-Another vulture.

-What is it?

-It's a big robin!

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Yes. The head went wrong, so I incorporated it into the body...

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I see. Very nice. Very nice indeed.

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-That'd make mincemeat of any vulture.

-Right! Your ear is coming off!

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Get off!

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Good morning, Barbara. Good morning, Tom. It's me, Margo.

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'Morning, Margo. Yes, it IS you.

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-I don't have time for jokes. I have a crisis.

-What is it?

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-I want a witness.

-Is it serious?

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Of course it is. It's tradesmen.

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-Truce?

-Truce.

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# I'm dreaming of a white Christmas... #

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HUMS TO HIMSELF

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Now, Tom and Barbara, would you measure this tree, please?

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Yes. All right.

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-Merry Christmas.

-Merry Christmas.

-Just tell me what that measures.

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I make it 8 foot 5.3/4".

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-That's 8 foot 5.3/4", all right.

-Exactly. There you are, you see, Tom and Barbara.

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Yes.

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Absolutely.

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-Should we deduce something from this, Margo?

-Sorry. I should've told you.

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-I ordered a 9 foot Christmas tree.

-And they sent an 8 foot 5.3/4" one.

-Yes.

-Not your day, mate.

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-What have you got to say for yourself?

-I like this wallpaper.

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-What?

-My sister's got something like it in her 'dinnette'.

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I'm not interested in your sister's DINETTE.

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My Christmas tree is 6.1/4" short.

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Does it matter? Ours is 8 feet short.

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Of course it matters. That 6.1/4" is a measure of how much standards have fallen.

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-A 9 foot tree is what I ordered.

-And that's not 9 foot.

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No, it's not. Not by a long chalk.

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Excuse me, can I ask you... do you cut the hair in your ears?

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No, I was born like it.

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I noticed how short they are. I notice a lot of things. It's a sort of hobby of mine.

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-In the Observer Corps, eh?

-RAF.

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-So was I. Know RAF Lyneham?

-I was stationed there!

-No!

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Er...Margo wants to concentrate on her tree.

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Thank you, Barbara. What about it?

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Well, with the high dudgeon you're in I'd better take it back.

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-Yes, you had.

-Very well.

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I've observed your shoes. Very nice.

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Shall I bring the rest of the stuff in now?

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No. Unless my order is delivered according to my specifications,

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I will accept none of it.

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-She knows her own mind.

-Oh, she does.

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-How many trees did you order?

-Only one. The rest of the order is food, drink, etc.

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-Your Christmas comes in a van.

-It's supposed to, Tom.

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-Come along.

-Very well.

-Have you observed anything about me?

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Yes, I have. Your eyes. They're the kind of eyes a man could kill for.

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They're of a deeply sexual nature. Merry Christmas.

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Oh, look, an alabaster figurine.

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-What a very nice, observant, intelligent man.

-Kill? For you?

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I asked what you were doing in that van! What is she doing?

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-She's sending your Christmas back. It's not up to specifications.

-Don't mention Christmas.

-Come on.

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Sit down there. Gin and tonic, Tom.

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Shoes off...there you are.

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Thank you very much, Barbara.

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-You understand.

-Of course I do. Merry Christmas.

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I know. I sound like Scrooge.

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The Headmaster's said, "Have a nice holiday, boys!"

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You can abuse your digestive system for 5 days. What more do you want?

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-Peace and quiet.

-Get it from Harrods.

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It's going to be one paralysing round of socialising.

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-Music Society and Pony Club on Christmas Day!

-A mounted sing-song?

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-Boxing Day it's the Rotary Club do.

-All spinning around.

-Next day it's the Blairs at Cheltenham.

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Same crowd standing about in different rooms boring each other to death.

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Just as well I did check that order. Does it look as though I drink milk stout? Hello, Jerry.

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Margo.

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-Now, did you send the flowers to Aunt Clare, whose present we forgot?

-Yes.

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-Did you check the M4 for Cheltenham?

-Yes.

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-Did you tell Maria we'd have a spare goose on Boxing Day?

-Yes!

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Hard to believe one could inject so much bile into one word!

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Well, I'm fed up with all these blasted arrangements.

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-I'm going to have a bath.

-Well, thank YOU, Jerry.

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I'm left to make all the arrangements!

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-Come on, Boss-eyes.

-Right, Bald-ears.

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Barbara, are you in the kitchen?

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No, I'm just going upstairs.

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-Gotcha!

-Aaagh! Don't do that!

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-That's my present! Give it to me now!

-It's not yours.

-Let me look then.

-It's a surprise.

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-Oh, it IS my present.

-No, leave it! Don't! Leave it!

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-It's some crackers I made for tomorrow.

-Oh! You should have kept it as a surprise.

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-What do you think I was trying to do?

-Sorry.

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-There we are.

-Oh. They're not small.

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-Because the tubes in the middle are the tubes from toilet rolls.

-Clever!

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-And the colour supplement's nice.

-What's in them?

-Don't!

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-That's the Faberge egg.

-Home-made, of course?

-Of course.

-Paper hats?

-Yes.

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-Mottoes and riddles?

-Yes.

-Clean?

-Fairly. There's one snag.

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-What's that?

-They don't bang.

-We can shout "bang", can't we?

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Yes, good idea. "Bang". Yes.

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-Like a drop of cowslip?

-Mmm.

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Are you writing to Father Christmas?

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-Just totting up what Christmas has cost us.

-Yes, it's got very commercial.

-Yes.

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Let me sit down first. Now then... What's the total?

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15p.

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-What was that for?

-The balloons.

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-Oh, yes, they are a necessity. I wonder what Jerry and Margo's cost?

-A lot, judging by that van.

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-Then there's the cost of reinforcing their table.

-And a few dresses for Margo.

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-The LSO for the choir.

-Tranquillisers for Jerry.

-He should be master in his own house.

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-You're not.

-I was talking about Jerry.

-I see. Well, it would be £50,000?

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-We can have Christmas for 15p.

-Just as good.

-Of course!

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Except we've no turkey or Christmas pudding, or whisky, or a firkin of ale...

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-or cigars, or...

-Oh, shut up.

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-I mean, a spare goose! Margo has a spare goose!

-Are you envious, Tiny Tim?

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No, not really. They might have a spare goose,

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but they've also got Mrs Dooms-Patterson coming.

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-Well... The sooner you get to bed, the sooner Santa will come.

-Right-o.

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-The cotton-wool beard is in the bottom drawer.

-You know it's me?

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Remembering last Christmas Eve, it had better be.

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And seasonal greetings to you, Stephen. May I speak with Maria? ..Yes, I'll hold.

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-'Morning, darling. Happy Christmas.

-Happy Christmas,

-How many more people are you phoning?

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-Last one. Then our social boats are burned.

-What d'you mean?

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Just a moment. Hello, Maria! Yes, and Yuletide felicitations to you.

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I'll be as brief as possible. Jerry has chicken-pox.

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Yes, he's covered in them. So I'm afraid, dear...

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the Leadbetters are totally out of circulation this Christmas. ..Yes.

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All right, Jerry, I'm coming!

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That was Jerry calling from his sick bed. Yes, I will. Yes. Goodbye.

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-I gather my chicken-pox is political, but why?

-It's simple. Christmas is cancelled.

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-Why?

-They won't deliver it.

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-What?

-I telephoned this morning about our order, and was told they don't deliver on Christmas Day.

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-I spoke to the highest authority there.

-Who?

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Fred. An incompetent loon who styles himself Assistant Caretaker.

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-But surely you checked that they'd re-deliver?

-No.

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I assumed that customer satisfaction

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was a principle that still prevailed.

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But why chicken-pox? We could visit other people.

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If we can't have people here, I'm not going begging to them.

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-I like the idea of a quiet Christmas.

-What with?

-Each other.

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-I meant with what?

-Each other.

-I meant eating and drinking what.

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I see what you mean. It's rather like having all one's eggs in one basket.

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-No decorations.

-That gin will never last.

-I feel wretched.

-Me, too.

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-#

-We two Kings of Orient are

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-#

-Da-de-da-de-da-de-da...

-Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la.

-#

-Merry Christmas.

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-Give's a tenner or we'll sing again.

-Good morning.

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-Where are the mince pies, then?

-We haven't any.

-A turkey?

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-No turkey either.

-What's happened?

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Christmas has not been delivered.

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-Oh, Margo.

-Don't be affectionate, Barbara, or I shall cry.

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Drivers stop off and drink beer and things. They'll be along.

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They're not working today.

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-Well, that doesn't matter. Come to us!

-We can't. We haven't been invited.

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-Margo and Jerry, I hereby invite you.

-Not the Music Society or Pony Club.

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-That's been taken care of. I've got political chicken-pox.

-Come on, then.

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-That's very generous.

-Eh, Margo? Eh?

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-We haven't anything to bring.

-Bring yourselves. Come on. I need help to peel the potatoes.

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-Come on, Margo.

-I've got half a bottle of whisky.

-No, this party's on us.

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What else have you got?

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Aaaahhh!

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May I add something to that?

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-What?

-Aaaahhh!

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Says it all, really, doesn't it?

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-Your food really does taste like food.

-Yes, it does, rather.

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Did I tell you about last Christmas and Mrs Dooms-Patterson's corset?

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-No.

-No, perhaps I'd better not.

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I don't really want to think about her, or the rest of them.

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-Can't have been a pretty sight.

-No.

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Can't tell you what a relief all this is.

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Spirit of Christmas. Goodwill to all men, especially me.

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-Do you mind if I take my shoes off?

-Take your feet off.

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-We've done the washing-up.

-We were just coming to help.

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-It's your turn this evening.

-Oh.

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You know, Barbara... Shoes, please, Jerry.

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You'd save yourself trouble if you bought a dishwasher.

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-I'm sorry.

-Have a sprawl, Margo.

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That's the idea.

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-On with the festivities.

-Maria had a conjurer last year.

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Oh, did he taste nice?

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-Crackers?

-Crackers!

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Crackers!

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Da-ra!

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None of your shop-bought rubbish.

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There's a trick to these. They do not go bang. So...

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And "bang".

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-You're crackers.

-Come on, Jerry. One, two, three...

-"Bang".

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Come on, Margo. One, two, three... "Bang".

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-Come on, Margo. One, two, three...

-"Crack".

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Not "bang"?

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I see "crack" as a more pertinent word. It is the stem of cracker.

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You can't argue with that.

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Right, what have we all got?

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-The inside of a roll of lavatory paper.

-Inside that!

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-Oh, yes.

-Well? Wellington or Nelson?

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All the nice girls love a sailor. You'd better be Nelson.

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-Mind you, there's something about a soldier.

-Read your motto.

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You said they were clean.

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-Fairly clean. Hat on, Margo.

-This is the Daily Mirror.

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I am terribly sorry, Margo. Please have The Telegraph.

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Now, then. My motto...

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"The Ooh-Aah Bird is so-called because it lays square eggs."

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I don't understand that.

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Good. What about some games?

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-Oh, yes.

-Rather!

-What about Bridge?

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-Or a chess tournament?

-Yes.

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-Margo, I'm talking about games! Larking about!

-Canasta?

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What's that one called? Murders!

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Oh, yes. That gets quite scary. Well, it frightens Tom, anyway.

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Or blindfold jelly-feeding.

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-They're rather childish.

-Yes!

-We should do something adult.

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Jerry!

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-I know. Sardines!

-Yes, Margo. A lot of squeezing in cupboards.

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-I don't like that.

-Strip mah-jong?

-You're being silly.

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True.

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-We WANT to be silly.

-Why?

-It's Christmas.

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-I don't see that the two go together.

-They do in this house!

-There's no need to snap.

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-Sorry.

-Let's have another bottle of Pea-pod Burgundy. Will somebody smother the blast?

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-GIGGLING

-Er...

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Thank you.

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Any bottle is it, Tom?

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Tom?

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Tom?

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Now listen, you... We both want you to have a good time.

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We may be silly and infantile.

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It may not be what you're used to, but that's the way we do it here.

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Either you join in, or go home.

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I don't want to go home.

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-Well, then?

-I WANT to join in, Tom. I don't know how to.

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-It's quite simple. Pretend you're stupid, like me.

-I could try.

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-Just try, that's all I'm asking.

-I WILL try. I promise.

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Please will you let me go now?

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Thank you.

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Tiddly-winks, anybody?

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LAUGHTER DROWNS OUT DIALOGUE

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-The winners!

-And world champions!

-Sorry, partner.

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-It was just luck.

-It was NOT!

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-You rotten cheat!

-I demand a play-off!

-I vote we have a bit of a breather.

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Too bad. I'm running into form.

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We're well ahead, Margo. We won the orange under the chin...

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We won that! Your orange went down Margo's dress - out of bounds.

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-And spinning the plate...

-We're a stylish team.

-Quite.

-Oh, we'll see who's best.

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I'm taking off my earrings. Balloons between foreheads.

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-Off we go.

-I'm hungry again.

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-Let's make some sandwiches.

-Good idea.

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-Come on, darling.

-Remember the score.

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-What did you do to Margo?

-I threatened to kiss her.

-No wonder she's joining in.

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-I must say, I can't remember enjoying Christmas more.

-I'm glad.

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This is the best Christmas ever. Hic!

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-I hope that's not the Pea-pod Burgundy talking.

-No. Christmas doesn't come in a van.

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-You have to make it yourself.

-Another form of self-sufficiency.

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It's being with friends - true friends...

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Joining in and...and...

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-And where are our presents?

-Tom!

-That's why we asked them over.

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Here are yours, anyway. With our love.

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-You shouldn't!

-You can't afford it.

-Have a look at them first.

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Oh.

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Oh.

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-The loom.

-Yes.

-Well...

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Tom...Barbara...

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I can safely say...

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that, on the right occasion, these will be the perfect things to wear.

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-What occasion will that be?

-Can't think of it at the moment.

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-We'll get you your present now.

-It's in the garage.

-If it's expensive, I'll be embarrassed.

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-So shall I, but I'll overcome it.

-I wonder what it is.

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-Probably something utterly useless for us.

-Like a briefcase.

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Or a Georgian silver trowel.

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-Aren't we rotten?

-Or...

-COW MOOS

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-They haven't...!

-They have!

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Happy Christmas!

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