Sky original The Reluctant Landlord to return with a very festive one-off Christmas Special
22nd December 9pm, Sky One
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Romesh Ranganathan, Sian Gibson and fellow cast will also be joined by Jo Joyner for some festive shenanigans on Sky One
The Reluctant Landlord is confirmed to return to screens this December with a very festive Christmas Special, airing on Sky One and NOW TV. Jo Joyner (EastEnders) will also make a guest appearance as Natasha’s (Sian Gibson) not-so-welcome sister in the Christmas edition of the Sky original.
Romesh Ranganathan and Sian Gibson will be joined by the returning main cast including Yasmine Akram (Julie the barmaid), Nick Helm (Lemon, a regular), Marek Larwood (Lee, a regular), Steve Edge (David Foster, a rival publican) and Shaheen Khan (playing Romesh’s mum, Jayanthi).
The Christmas special of Romesh Ranganathan’s semi-autobiographical sitcom, which is produced by CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, in association with What Larks! and Rangabee Productions, will give viewers a glimpse into Christmas day at the ‘The Seven Swans’, airing on Monday 23rd December at 22.00.
Jo Joyner co-stars as Sarah, Natasha’s sister who turns up unannounced at the Ranganathan’s Christmas. Self-obsessed Sarah’s arrival puts the family on edge; from helping herself to Santa’s whisky to ‘helping’ the kids with their presents, her selfish traits cause comedic havoc throughout. Natasha tasks Romesh with the job of getting rid of her as quickly as possible - whatever it takes. Matthew Crosby also makes a guest appearance in the spirit of Christmas.
Romesh Ranganathan said: “It’s a real treat to have Jo Joyner join us for the one-off December special of The Reluctant Landlord. Having the entire cast around for Christmas was hilarious and we lost a lot of scenes to us cracking up on set. I hope everyone has as good a time watching it as we did making it.”
Tilusha Ghelani, Commissioning Editor, Sky commented: “After the success of the first and second series, we’re thrilled to introduce viewers to a festive edition of this joyful comedy – adding some ha has to your ho ho hos! With the likes of Jo Joyner joining Romesh, Sian Gibson and the original cast, The Reluctant Landlord is yet another example of the growing comedy offering on Sky One.”
Danielle Lux, Executive Producer for CPL, added: “It has been an utterly joyful series to work on with Romesh, the wonderful cast and crew, and our brilliant writers: we hope the viewers have as much fun as we did.”
Other forthcoming Sky original comedies include Code 404 with Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays; Intelligence fronted by David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed; Hit Men, Mel and Sue’s first scripted comedy series, Breeders with Martin Freeman and series 2 of In The Long Run with Idris Elba.
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December 5, 2019 5:15am ET by SKY