This was the acting debut for the star of Mock the Week and Good News, and there were plenty of other names I recognised in the cast, I was hoping that for Christmas time it would be a good laugh. Basically Dan Colman (Russell Howard, also writing) lives in London with his girlfriend Lisa (Fresh Meat's Hannah Britland), for Christmas, Dan is taking Lisa to his hometown of Bamford in Bristol to meet his loving but madcap family. The family includes father Dave (Neil Morrisey) who is obsessed with fitness, mother Sue (Sophie Thompson) who is utterly lovely but bonkers, brother Jake (Dougie McMeekin) who is wonderfully inappropriate, sister Julie (Kerry Howard) who is a hairdresser, and Uncle Tony (Greg Davies) who is a party animal. The visit begins an enthusiastic welcome for Lisa into the family, but it ends with Lida running away after Dan makes a kissing mistake following his drink being spiked. Dan feels down having lost the love of his life and regrets having ever introduced his girlfriend to the family in the first place, but the dysfunctional family pull together in their own unique way and crazy way to put things right and in the end bring the couple back together. Also starring Maggie O'Neill as Jade, Felix Hayes as Kevin, Sam Pamphilon as Mark and appearances from Keith Chegwin and Pat Sharp. Howard gives a good gentle performance as well as writing a terrific script, it is a simple story that happens to be set during the most wonderful time of the year, it makes you laugh and feel affectionate in equal measure, just the sort of thing you want to watch at Christmas, a likable romantic comedy drama. Very good!