We’re always on the lookout for somthing that doesn’t get a mention very often, imagine our delight when we came across this little gem from the BBC.

It’s very difficult to get exact details on this piece, various sources offer different ideas on what it comprised, we think this post is fairly accurate, but without even an official web post from the BBC who knows.  We’ve used vintage TV listings that show Boxing Day 1982 was on the 27th December as opposed to 26th.

Anyway, enjoy the clips and if anyone out there has the full information let us know.

The Funny Side Of Christmas was a one off BBC Christmas offering broadcast in 1982, presented by Frank Muir and featuring mini episodes/sketches of some popular BBC comedies, namely: Only Fools And Horses, Yes Minister, Last Of The Summer Wine, The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin and Open All Hours and Butterflies.  Rgretably we were unable to source any details or video for Butterflies.

Summary And Details

Only Fools And Horses – Christmas Trees

Despite knocking the price down to a mere £6, Del Boy cannot seem to sell his telescopic Christmas trees. He has only 149 more to sell to make a tidy profit.

Stuck for a solution, the Trotters head off to Sid’s burger van for something to eat. Del’s conscience seems to get the better of him, and he tells Rodney and Grandad what a shame it is that the market traders cannot afford to donate a tree to the local church this year, especially the little orphans.

Left to guard the trees, Rodney takes one to the church. The vicar quickly debunks Del’s story, and Rodney realises the tale was a scam to get an endorsement from the Church of England.





David Jason  –  Del Boy
Nicholas Lyndhurst  –  Rodney
Lennard Pearce  –  Grandad
Jim Pennington  –  Vicar
Roy Heather  –  Sid

Written By: John Sullivan
Produced and Directed By: Ray Butt
Original Transmission Date: 27th December 1982

Last Of The Summer Wine

The terrible trio have decided to do somthing a little different for Christmas – not celebrate it.  Foggy and Clegg are all set for a day like any other, but will Compo keep his side of the agreement ?




Bill Owen – Compo
Peter Sallis – Clegg
Brian Wilde – Foggy

Written By: Roy Clarke
Original Transmission Date: 27th December 1982

The Legacy Of Reginald Perrin

Despite the show having ended in 1979, this short sketch, which many felt out of synch with other episodes, was aired Christmas 1982 as part of the BBC’s Funny Side Of Christmas.  As Reggie settles down for a quiet Christmas, he finds himself surrounded by familiar faces







Leonard Rossiter
Pauline Yates
John Barron
Sue Nicholls
Geoffrey Palmer
Trevor Adams


Channel: BBC1
Written By: David Nobbs
Original Transmission Date: 26th December 1982

Yes Minister – Christmas At The Ministry

Parliament is about to break for Christmas and Sir Humphrey has something he wishes to say to The Minister in a way that only Sir Humphrey can.




Jim Hacker – Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby – Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley – Derek Fowlds


Channel: BBC1
Written By: Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn
Original Transmission Date: 26th December 1982

Open All Hours

On Christmas morning, Granville is looking forward to dinner at Nurse Gladys’s, but Arkwright is annoyed that her mother is still alive. Granville also reveals he is having tea later with the newly separated ‘Wavy Mavis’. In the typical closing thought, Arkwright bemoans the fact that Jesus was born on a Bank Holiday, resulting in him having to close the shop.




Ronnie Barker
David Jason
Linda Barron


Channel: BBC1
Written By: Roy Clarke
Original Transmission Date: 26th December 1982



3 Responses

  1. Jim Chapman

    I remember this collection of mini episodes because my dad recorded it and we watched it over and over again for many years. In addition to the clips above there was definitely also a Mel Smith/Griff Rhys Jones sketch, with Griff visiting Mel in hospital and annoying the hell out of him with a box of home made mince pies.


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