Carry On Christmas: Carry On Stuffing

20 December 1972
8pm, ITV
Thames TV Production

Screenplay: Talbot Rothwell & Dave Freeman
Producer: Gerald Thomas
Executive Producer: Peter Rogers
Director: Ronnie Baxter

Sir Henry, Lieutenant Banghem, Hanky Poo...Kenneth Connor

Lady Clodhopper, Mother, Esmeralda, Princess YoYo...Joan Sims

Miss Molly Coddle, Lady Vera, Harriet, The Good Fairy...Hattie Jacques

Eve, Virginia, Maid, Aladdin...Barbara Windsor

Mr Perkin, Adam, Tomkins, Ringworm, King of the Underworld...Jack Douglas

Sir Francis Fiddler, Captain Dripping, Lieutenant Trembler, Hole in One...Peter Butterworth

General Sir Ffingham Clodhopper, Genie...Norman Rossington

The Story

Following a two year absence, the Carry On Christmas tradition was revived once more in 1972 with Carry On Stuffing; a return to the format of the 69 special with a series of unconnected sketches very loosely tied together as anecdotes being told at a Victorian dinner party:

Garden of Eden - Adam wants something from Eve...

The Last Outpost - A group of British Colonials enjoy a final meal, while the war drums beat outside, and the house falls down around their ears, in a scene identical to the infamous dinner party in Carry on up the Khyber

The Musician's Story - The Carry on Team sing an Elizabethan song..."Take up your Poles"

The Sailor's Story - Two spinsters sit taking tea in their home. To Harriet's distaste, Esmeralda has invited Lieutenants Banghem and Trembler to stay for Christmas. But the house has a dark secret.

Aladdin - another excuse for a traditional Christmas panto, Carry On style




Certainly the poorest of the Carry On Christmas specials, Talbot Rothwell's usual flair is largely absent as the team stumble from one clumsy scene to the next. The cast do their very best to lift their performances above the material but only Hattie and Joan Sims really come out of this one successfully. The dinner party setting seems ideal material for the Carry On team, but the jokes just aren't there to support them; it's awkward and largely devoid of gags.

Charles Hawtrey was originally scheduled to join the team, but fell out with Peter Rogers in a dispute over billing. Of course, this wasn't the first time, but it was set to be the last - Hawtrey never worked on another Carry On again. His part in this piece was rewritten for Norman Rossington.