Festive Sid - All This and Christmas Too
The year 1971 marked a mini-turning point in the long and distinguished career of a certain Mr Sidney James. His hugely successful association with the Carry On film series had imprinted on the minds of audiences an image of Sid as a lovable rogue, forever chasing the dolly birds, betting on the horses and generally living life to the full. The fact that Sid's carefully cultivated on-screen persona became so closely intertwined with his real life self is a testament to his great acting prowess. Although the real Sid James had a continual twinkle in his eyes and enjoyed the horses and a cheeky tipple, he was a true gentleman, softly spoken and always polite to the ladies.
1971 saw Sid's on-screen character shift more towards his real-life self. Fictional Sid became a family man. The much loved Bless This House was first broadcast in this year, a series that would go on to become the most successful sitcom of Sid's career. Married with two teenage children, the Sid of Bless This House was seemingly forever mystified by the generation gap, struggling to come to terms with the music and morals of modern-day youth. Broadcast on Christmas Eve 1971, All This and Christmas Too had a few things in common with its illustrious predecessor.