As is tradition, at least two of the FT advent calendar doors must be opened late – this just means double the chocolate for everyone! And the excuse to dress up in POSH FROCKS:

Helena Bonham Who?

The Brittas Empire blessed us with not one but TWO Christmas specials. The first (1994) took advantage of the break in format to do some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey nostalgia and show what they are all doing MANY YEARS in the future while also remembering their PAST.

Carole is now a concert pianist, Tim’s boyfriend (er… Derek?) is running for parliament and Gordon Brittas is a UN Peace Envoy. Of course! However most of the episode is a baffling yet harrowing tale of starvation, survival and costume drama dress-up:

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The second 1996 special has a similar survival-against-the-odds theme. The gang go on a team-building course in rural Wales, where Brittas’ wife Helen goes on a murderous rampage! I am quite pleased that Helen seems to have exactly the same wardrobe, haircut and facial expression that I have currently:

"Noes hair straighteners won't be invented for another 8 years D: "

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