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The Heart of Christmas (Xmas Spec.) Pt. 2

Transmitted on: Monday 25th December 2006

Episode Summary

The programme starts with a recap: ‘Previously Seen in Part One’ edited Sequence.
We see Christmas decorations being put up, Ben not wanting to take part in Christmas and feigning illness to get out of being at home. He is thrilled to be admitted to a luxury private ward but things don’t look so good for him once he is informed his health insurance has run out. Susan decides to get her own back and Ben has rather more tests than necessary.

After the opening titles sequence, the story continues…
Michael and Alfie are trying to get nurses to co me to their party by offering free drinks in the hospital corridor until they are rumbled by the hospital administrator.

Abi and Roger are mistaken for hospital workers and dragged in to help with a birth! Janey and Michael visit Ben but don’t manage to talk to him at all. Michael leaves a plastic drink bottle behind containing the famour ‘Butts Peculiar’ home brew. Susan manages to talk Kenzo out of wanting a Macroman for Christmas only to find Janey has given it away.

Abi is totally put off childbirth now, and Roger has completely changed his mind and wants at least three!

Back in his ward, Ben is paid a visit by the local vicar and his choir with their rendition of a Christmas carol, which infuriates him even more – especially as he is expected to make a donation to charity, which he begrudgingly does to get rid of the unwanted visitors. Alfie and Michael are planning their party and adding even more things into the brew.

Ben’s doctor comes and tells Ben he needs a heart procedure, an angioplasty, and he will have surgery later that night. Ben has no water left, and remembers Michael’s drink bottle! This at least cheers him up.

Back at home the party is in full swing but Michael has to leave to see Ben before his op. The family come to visit Ben before his operation, and when they have gone the already tipsy Ben carries on and drinks more of the potent brew.

Consequently, when he is given his local anaesthetic he dreams vividly of being at the gates of heaven and that Susan is God. She makes him re-assess his life and he is given a glimpse of what a happy Christmas at home could be like if only he were not so difficult!


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
Kenzo Harper Tayler Marshall
Professor Howard Clive Russell
Vicar Mike Walling
Private Petient Jeremy Child
Mr. Peterson Raymond Sawyer
Dr. Cavell Ed Coleman
Man in Dressing Gown Roy Heather
Private Nourse Evelyn Duah
Orderly Dominic Carter
Panicky Father Jack Brough
Party Girl 1 Jenny Gleave
Party Girl 2 Jenna Harrison
Maternity Nurse Angel Clerkin
Nurse in Corridor Chloe Billington


Role Name
Director Dewi Humphreys
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Brian Leveson
Writer Paul Minett
Executive Producer Tom Anderson
Executive Producer Don Taffner

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