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Glad Tidings We Bring - Part 2

Ches, Janey's fiancé, visits the Harpers. Ben has trouble accepting Ches as his future son-in-law, while Susan could not be more enthusiastic. Michael sells Janey's wedding gifts on Ebay, all while Nick is lost in the African Jungle.

Transmitted on: Friday 24th December 2004

Episode Summary

We see Kris in Thailand, catching flies and eating them with his chopsticks. He tells Ben and Susan he is also running out of food.
It is the day of the wedding, Roger arrives as the page boy and Grace arrives as vitriolic as ever. Janey comes down the stairs looking radiant.
The wedding is all set in Ches’ ‘understated little’ living room. The guests arrive and Michael takes the presents away at the door, to give to Hubert.
One of the bridesmaids fancies Roger which annoys Abi, Grace mistakes Ches senior for Ches, Susan and Edie are dressed in identical outfits and the photographer turns out to be more used to shooting porn.

Ches arrives flanked by sex kittens and the registrar tries to marry Ben and Ches off together. Finally the wedding proceeds, as hurriedly as possible as the registrar has back to back weddings all day. The wedding photos are taken and the reception begins. Susan is slightly worse for wear and Ben and Ches finally bond about their age problems. Hubert has been set up by Michael in a guest bedroom to sell off all the presents on e-bay. Molly spends the whole time searching for Michael.

Ben, much to everyones relief, gives a lovely speech about Janey, and Susan, by now worse for wear herself, decides she would like to say something, topples into Ben who in turn topples into the cake.

The disco starts, and Janey decides she has something to tell everyone. This has been the most wonderful day of her life, but she wants a divorce, she is going to marry the waiter!

Finally, later that evening, Janey tells Ches she doesn’t need any money from him and Ches agrees he will now let Ben pay for the wedding! Susan now thinks she will be able to organise Janeys’s next wedding.

Kris is still demanding money, we pull out to reveal it is a set up in Michael’s bedroom. Michael is recording him! They decide to try for more money.


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Nick Harper Kris Marshall
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Roger Bailey Keiron Self
Abi Harper Siobhan Hayes
Ches Danny Webb
Grace Rosemary Leach
Ches Senior Freddie Davies
Edie Edna Dore
Lucy Laura Harling
Alison Baxter Cressida Whyte
Registrar John Hodgkinson
Nige Michael Mears
Nev (Best Man) Peter Heppelthwaite
Waiter Mathew Bose
Kenzo Glyn & Haydn Holme


Role Name
Director Dewi Humphreys
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Andrea Solomons
Executive Producer Don Taffner
Executive Producer James Hendrie
Executive Producer Ian Brown

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