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Ho Ho No (Xmas Special) - Part 1

Susan takes Ben into the country, in order to get away from the holidays, but unfortunately for Ben, he can't escape them.

Transmitted on: Wednesday 26th December 2007


Episode Summary

Ben gets a visit from Jacob Marley to kick start his Christmas, so it looks as though things may be bleak in the Harper house, but when Susan announces that this Christmas there will be no tree, no decorations and, most importantly, no family, Ben thinks all his Christmases have come at once.

Susan whisks him away to a relaxing retreat in the country where the rest of the Harper family can’t ruin his ‘festivity free’ Christmas. However, Susan, of course, has secretly planned her own version of the perfect Christmas and arranges for the whole family to surprise a thoroughly relaxed Ben on the ‘big’ day. Despite Janey and Michael’s misgivings about the whole plan, Susan is very determined that, if everyone sticks to their schedule, it will work, but she turns down Michael’s please that his girlfriend Gwen should come along too.

Things start going wrong from the outset, as Roger manages to break his leg and ruin Susan’s timings. Believing the rest of the family to be a safe distance away, Ben settles into the hotel and begins the Christmas he’s always dreamed of. However, Ben’s fantasy didn’t include a vist from his crazed stalker, Crystal….and Susan’s ideal festive season didn’t include coming face to face with the Christmas turkey in full feather and very much alive. Newly qualified as a massage therapist, Abi decides to pay for her and Roger’s room by working in the hotel spa, but is only a matter of time before an unexpected guest comes to use the facilities. Whilst Janey is shocked to learn that Kenzo’s dad has bought him a pony for Christmas and sets off determined to find something even better to surprise him with.

Alfie’s family have put him in charge of ‘babysitting’ his Uncle Idris this year, which he aims to do as the Harper house, but with Idris’s habit of wandering off, it’s not long before Alfie despairs and turns up at the hotel for support.

Surely things can’t get any worse in the second part of the Christmas special


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Roger Bailey Keiron Self
Abi Harper Siobhan Hayes
Alfie Butts Rhodri Meilir
Jacob Marley John Challis
Crystal Niky Wardley
Gwen Amy Nobel
Mr. Salem Paul Brooke
Carl Martin Herdman
Massage Guy Dan Cade


Role Name
Director Baz Taylor
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Tom Anderson
Executive Producer Tom Anderson
Executive Producer Don Taffner

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