Sunday 25 December 2016

What A Carry On this Christmas on ITV3!

ITV3 haven't let us down this Christmas! The channel, which brought us the wonderful Carry On Forever documentary last year, is showing some fantastic classic Carry Ons over the festive season.

Christmas Day is the main focus, with back to back Carry Ons being shown from late morning! So here, without further ado, is the all important ITV3 Carry On Schedule!

Christmas Day:

11.30 - 13.25 - Carry On Cleo (1964)

Kicking off Christmas Day is this classic from 1964. A parody of the major blockbuster Cleopatra, Pinewood boasts Amanda Barrie as the legendary Queen of the Nile with able support from Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor, Jim Dale, Joan Sims and of course, Sid James.

13.25 - 15.15  - Carry On Girls (1973)

A later outing for the gang from the early 1970s. Focusing on the antics of a beauty contest in a down at heel seaside town, GIrls features larger than life performances from the likes of Sid James, Barbara Windsor and Bernard Bresslaw. My favourites however are the wonderful Patsy Rowlands as Mildred Bumble, Joan Hickson as Mrs Dukes and Peter Butterworth as the randy old Admiral.

15.15 - 17.05 - Carry On Camping (1968)

An iconic Carry On that is probably the most instantly recognisable thanks to a certain scene featuring Barbara Windsor. It broke box office records in 1969 and follows a group of misfits who converge on a camp site run by the dodgy Mr Fiddler (Peter Butterworth). The film stars a host of favourites including Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Hattie Jacques, Bernard Bresslaw and Dilys Laye.


17.05 - 19.00 - Carry On Up The Jungle (1969)

Frankie Howerd returns for his second and final guest starring turn in a Carry On film with this romp up the Amazon. Join regular team members Sid James, Joan Sims and Kenneth Connor for the usual low brow antics and delightful slapstick. Watch out for the first appearance in the series for the lovely Jacki Piper and an eye-catching turn from the statuesque Valerie Leon. 

19.00 - 21.00 - Carry On Cowboy (1965) 

The Carry On team give American accents a bash in this glorious western romp. Sid James stars as the Rumpo Kid with Jim Dale as the English Sanitary Engineer Marshall P Knutt. Joan Sims shines as saloon owner Belle while the rogues gallery includes first Carry On appearances for Peter Butterworth, Bernard Bresslaw and Angela Douglas.


Boxing Day:

16.05 - 18.00 - Carry On Jack (1963)

The first costume romp with the Carry On team was this sail on the high seas with a smaller than usual roster of regular actors. Joining Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Jim Dale are Bernard Cribbins and the delightful Juliet Mills.

27 December:
16.05 - 18.00 - That's Carry On (1978)

Join Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor in the Pinewood viewing room for a gallop through twenty years of classic Carry On moments. Many of the classic scenes are featured with additional material of Kenny and Babs larking about for one last time. With Carry On Emmannuelle around the corner, things would never be the same again.

Plenty there to enjoy on Christmas Day! I will blog about any other Carry On films shown across the television networks over the festive period as I hear about them, but please do contact me if you spot them first!

Carry On! 

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