Ebenezer gets Tate treatment

Doctor Who is good. It has the Tardis, and Daleks and Cybermen and all that.

Catherine Tate is good.

Catherine Tate made the memorable sketch comedy the Catherine Tate Show, starring herself.

The Catherine Tate Show had that character Lauren Cooper, who says: "Am I bovvered?", and "Do I look bovvered?" and "Look at my face, is it bovvered?".

Pretty funny.

Also, Catherine Tate starred for a while as Donna Noble in Doctor Who, and did quite a good job of it.

Doctor Who (the show, not the person) had Christmas specials, like the The Voyage of the Damned, which, incidentally, starred Kylie Minogue, whom I fancy, secretly.

Catherine Tate also has a Christmas special.

You can see the many interconnections, I'm sure, because I can tell you this: I can.

Doctor Who, Catherine Tate, Donna Noble, Kylie Minogue, Lauren Cooper, the Tardis, Daleks, look at my face, Christmas, being special, things that are funny - it's all starting to come together, and make sense in a creepy and alarming way.

And all that isn't all.

On July 15, less than one month hence, The Catherine Tate Show: Nan's Christmas Carol, which UKTV has personally promised me is a New Zealand premiere, will show on - UKTV.

One of the guest stars is David Tennant.

He starred in Doctor Who.

With Catherine Tate.


If you can handle all that, give Nan's Christmas Carol a go.

Ignore the fact it was made for Christmas 2009, and is therefore a year and a-half old.

In Nan's Christmas Carol, Catherine Tate reprises her character Nan, the foul-mouthed and unpleasant old woman with a wicked sense of humour, and brings back Mathew Horne as Nan's ever-patient grandson, Jamie.

The show is a comic retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, which, of course, tells the story of the sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge, and his ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation, following a visit by a bunch of ghosts.

And - be honest - you know the story because you have seen it on TV, not because you have actually read Charles Dickens.

Nan's ethereal visitors include Mr Tennant, Ben Miller (The Armstrong and Miller Show, The Worst Week of my Life) and Roger Lloyd-Pack (The Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses and The Old Guys).

Nan is shown the error of her ways, but - I hear you ask - is it too late for her to swap her Scrooge-like misery for some seasonal goodwill?

And - I hear you ask - is it funny?

Yeah ... it was all right.

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