Best Christmas sitcom ever | The Office tops poll

Best Christmas sitcom ever

The Office tops poll

The finale of The Office is the greatest ever Christmas special of a British sitcom, according to a new poll.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchants’ 2003 two-parter resolved the will-they/won’t-they relationship between Dawn (Lucy Davis) and office worker Tim (Martin Freeman).

Gervais told RadioTimes.com, which conducted the survey: ‘I was blown away at the time by how it resonated with audiences and I’m over the moon that it’s still regarded with such affection today.  A good idea is a good idea forever’.

No 2 in the poll was the Only Fools And Horses Christmas trilogy, including Heroes And Villains, where Del Boy and Rodney arrived at a wake dressed as Batman and Robin and  Time On Our Hands, when they became millionaires.

Gavin & Stacey’s 2008 festive edition came third, followed by The Vicar Of Dibley. The full top 20 is: 

1. The Office Christmas Special
2. Only Fools And Horses Christmas Trilogy
3. Gavin And Stacey Christmas Special
4. The Vicar Of Dibley: The Christmas Lunch Incident
5. The Royle Family Christmas Special
6. The Good Life: Silly but it’s Fun
7. Father Ted: A Christmassy Ted
8. The League Of Gentlemen: Yule Never Leave
9. Blackadder’s Christmas Carol
10. Dinnerladies: Christmas And Minnellium
11. Merry Christmas, Mr Bean
12. Miranda: I Do But To Who?/The Final Curtain
13. Peep Show: Seasonal Beatings
14. Mrs Brown’s Boys: Mammy Christmas/The Virgin Mammy
15. Steptoe And Son: A Perfect Christmas
16. Porridge: The Desperate Hours
17. Dad’s Army: My Brother And I
18. Knowing Me, Knowing Yule — With Alan Partridge
19. Last Of The Summer Wine: Getting Sam Home
20. Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em: Jessica’s First Christmas
21. Outnumbered: The Robbers

Published: 11 Dec 2019

What do you think?

Live comedy picks

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.