Saturday 24 December 2016

Carry On Stuffing with your Hampton Court!


It's time for another festive treat with a Carry On flavour and today's tasty morsel comes from way back in 1972. This year saw the third Carry On Christmas television special made by Thames Television and they were by now an institution.

This special, otherwise known as Carry On Stuffing, is possibly my least favourite of all the festive shows the team made for television however it still has it's highlights. The cast is headed up by the three regular Carry On ladies - Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims and Barbara Windsor - which makes a change and give the actresses more time to shine. Although Sid James, Terry Scott and Charles Hawtrey are absent, there is still plenty to enjoy with Peter Butterworth, Kenneth Connor and Jack Douglas adding to the festive cheer.

This clip shows the team demonstrating their vocal talents as they join together for an innuendo-laden comedy song, "Hampton Court". All those featured were used to singing on stage, with the likes of Joan and Barbara well-versed in classic revue sketches and songs and Hattie a regular at the Players' Theatre for many years. It's a delight and shows off more of these great performers' broad range of skills than perhaps the main Carry On film series ever allowed.

Hope you enjoy!

Sadly this programme also marked the end of the road for Charles Hawtrey. Annoyed at Hattie Jacques being given top billing for this special, Hawtrey fell out once and for all with Carry On producer Peter Rogers. The films that followed missed his special brand of magic keenly.

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