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Howie But these are mily men, Martin, with Christmas coming up. Theyre hard workers pukka lads.

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Pauline Pukkaness notwithstanding? He actually said that?

Colin and Howie seem inseparable. Married to a pair of sisters, they work as drivers for the same company and live next door to each other. Life gets complicated after Howie wins a promotion and is confronted with a tough dilemma over staff cutbacks.Written byAnonymous

Until a tearjerker plot twist, Christmas Lights is refreshingly different British made for TV holiday themed movie than the usual U.S. TV re.First, it doesnt take place in either a deprived inner city what Brit shows I think usually refer to as estates or an exurbia of McMansions, but more of a workingclass innerring one characters wife specifically rejects living further out away from their friends in the close– I havent heard that argument since Lucy Ricardo and Molly Goldberg had to give in.Second, economic issues are central to the plot. While this isnt as grim as the Thatcherite horror stories in Billy Elliot or The Full Monty, the men are truck drivers cing a restructuring company though it is a bit of a stretch to believe that the BBCs dramatic utility infielder Robson Green is a working class stiff. Invariably in such U.S. TV movies, the characters are usually middle class and are employed in advertising or TV or publishing or other media relatives. There are also discussions of labor/management issues that havent been discussed on U.S. TV since The Honeymooners.Third, one wife isnt childless because shes an executive shrew, as is typically portrayed on U.S. TV.Fourth, the milies are linked by both friendship and marriage, as we usually only see on a few sitcoms like Everybody Loves Raymond. Most U.S. TV shows assume that real mily lives r away and the work place colleagues are the replacement mily.Fifth, the central holiday decoration competition seems pretty modest by U.S. standards even here in parts of Queens until the climax, though theres a joke about that comparison.Even as sentiment threatens to reign towards the end, there is still room for jaunty jocularity instead of more typical sodden saccharine U.S. approaches for just a sweet warmhearted conclusion.There is one jarring bit of British film stereotyping as the mily Margolis, Jewish purveyors of electronics, are shown as Hassids with long side locks and prayer strings. Theres always an annual story in the New York City press that the largest dealers of Christmas decorations are Jewish and just the name would suffice for this humor interest element.The version I viewed was minutes long with commercials on BBC America cable channel

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Buchanan Well, pukkaness notwithstanding, Im afraid two of them have got to go.

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Separated from his wife, Howard volunteers as a standin Santa at the shopping malland ends up getting invited to represent England at an international Santa competition in Lithuania. He …See full summary

Colin and Howie are constantly feuding best friends who marry sisters Jackie and Pauling turning them into brothersinlaw. Can their relationships survive their feuding as it seems they will stop and nothing to outdo each other.

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