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2039: A Christmas Oddity

Transmitted on: Thursday 24th December 2009

Episode Summary

It’s December 2039, and the Harpers are gathering together to celebrate Christmas.
30 years in the future the family’s appearance may have changed somewhat, but their
love/hate relationships are still very much alive.

Ben is in his eighties, a little slower than he used to be but still as grumpy as ever and causing
grief for Susan, who thanks to “a little moisturiser”, hasn’t aged a bit. To say that Janey has
gained a little weight is an understatement, as she now weighs-in at a whopping 20 stone;
Michael is doing a very bad job of hiding his baldness with an unconvincing wig, and, following
a disastrous trip to the zoo, Roger is just a head in a glass dome!

Susan is put out that grandson Kenzo, now 38 years old, hasn’t come to visit the family for
Christmas Day. Ben is quick to point out why; the truth is the Harpers have had some of the
worst Christmases ever, and the family are reminded of some of their Christmas disasters…

Two years stand out in particular: back when they were all a lot younger (and Janey was a lot lighter)
the usual arguments over presents were exacerbated by Susan’s fun, new game, the
‘Greed Gift Exchange’. But when Kenzo finally arrives, he points out that the year
Uncle Richard came to stay was just as traumatic for him.


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Kenzo Harper Tayler Marshall
Vicar Mike Walling
Adult Kenzo Pascal Langdale
Richard Nathaniel Parker
Cherly Sally Bretton
Computer V/O Paul Minett
Stunt co-ordinator Andy Bennett


Role Name
Writer Tom Anderson
Producer John Bartlett
Executive Producer Don Taffner
Executive Producer Tom Anderson
Director Ed Bye
Writer David Cantor

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