A pre-Phantom British Christmas


The next installment in our countdown to the most classic British comedy Christmas celebration leads us into the 1970’s vault.

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

If you’ve ever wondered how one prepares for over 1300 performances as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, look no further than a 70’s British comedy, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, starring Michael Crawford. Crawford’s pre-Phantom days were spent as Frank Spencer, an individual who’s desperate need to please and nature for being accident prone earned him the title of the “sweetest walking disaster” in British comedy history.

Airing from 1973-1978, the BBC originally slated for Ronnie Barker for the title role. After watching several episodes, Crawford was the perfect choice given the athleticism needed to carry out some pretty amazing stunts over the life of the series. If you can find it, one particular classic involves Crawford on roller skates and rivals anything from Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd. Here, the Spencer family prepare their house for Christmas, fairy lights and all.