The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff: A Bright New Show of Class!
TONIGHT showed the BBC at its best, with an hour-long Dickensian Mistletime comedy, beautifully costumed, imaginatively written and well acted, led by a stellar cast including Robert Webb, Stephen Fry, David Mitchell and Johnny Vegas.
But don’t just take my word for it; if you haven’t already seen it, you can watch it again on the iPlayer and on Thursday, December 29th at 10:00pm on BBC Two.
Here’s the blurb (featuring some faaaaaaaaantastic names!):
“A Victorian comedy adventure in the style of Charles Dickens.
“Jedrington Secret-Past is a happy family man with a successful business until on Christmas Eve Malifax Skulkingworm, a lawyer with a flinty heart and an evil hat, tells him he owes a massive debt he never knew of, and imprisons his family and shop in London's most notorious debtors prison, the Skint.
“What is behind Skulkingworm’s sinister plan? Will Jedrington rescue his family in time for Christmas? And is there more to the name of Secret-Past than meets the eye? All will be revealed in a tale of hidden wills, brave urchins, giant clocks, misery, joy and treacle.”
And here’s some clips, first an introduction to the Secret-Past family:
Followed by Mister Jolliforth Jollington unveiling his amazing technicolor inflatocoat:
It’s even got a Mr Fruitcake!
• BBC: The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff