In Review: Ghosts Christmas Special 2021

The 'Ghosts Christmas Special 2021' sees Kitty (Lolly Adefope) convinced there'll be a special visitor to Button House . . .

Synopsis: The ‘Ghosts Christmas Special 2021’ sees Kitty (Lolly Adefope) convinced there’ll be a special visitor to Button House . . .

 

Story

The story involving Nicholas (Justin Edwards) worked well. Firstly, the show can’t always rely on just the main cast. Understandably they’re paramount to things, but having a guest star meant we discover things about Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe). We see them want to be generous, and charitable, but struggle. However, the surprise element comes from Lady Fanny Button (Martha Howe-Douglas), as we find out more about her past. Last year’s Ghosts Christmas Special concerned Julian (Simon Farnaby). So, they went with the backstory of Fanny (Martha Howe-Douglas). But of course, the rest of the main cast featured, too.

 

Acting

A pretty solid performance from the central cast. Simon Farnaby continued to impress, as Julian. For example his attempting to teach Thomas (Mathew Baynton) to lie shows that he knows his character perfectly, and portrays him excellently. Some really good acting.

This main guest star did a good job. Justin Edwards managed to be a strong enough presence, but also blend into the story well. His portrayal of a struggling ex-services member was decently done. Jennifer Saunders was a welcome sight as Fanny’s mother as well.

CGI & Effects

Mostly, the running set up works as all of the CGI that’s required. However, it’s good to see the occasional scene with something a bit different. When Robin (Laurence Rickard) and Mary (Katy Wix) tried to shake hands with Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) there was a funny reaction, with black smoke appearing. It was a very simple effect. However, that’s why it worked and helped keep things very realistic.

Overall

Whilst not a let down, ‘Ghosts Christmas Special 2021’ wasn’t quite as strong as last year’s outing. However, it was still enjoyable and chose to explore aspect of poverty. Often, at this time of year, such subjects can be overlooked. Tying in the main theme of the central story, with Fanny’s past experience was a good choice. As always there was lots of fun, too. Pat and his annual Christmas quiz helped keep the ‘Ghosts Christmas Special 2021’ light enough to enjoy as comedy, primarily. Generally, it was a fun and enjoyable affair then.

 

Look out next year, for a ‘Ghosts’ special from May the Verse Be With You, the fun weekly Friday feature, exclusive to SciFiPulse.

9.1
In Review: Ghosts Christmas Special 2021
  • Story
    8.5
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI & Effects
    9.0
  • Incidental Music
    9.2
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