The Worst Christmas Of My Life - a Christmas to remember for all the
Geoffrey Whitehead plays Dick
Geoffrey Whitehead plays Howard's long suffering father-in-law Dick who seems to bear the brunt of Howard's disasters.
Geoffrey explains: "I think it's safe to say that Howard is basically a man who finds it difficult to cope with every day life. The smallest things that we all take for granted seem to turn into huge catastrophes for him.
"For example, in Worst Christmas Howard creates a puddle on the kitchen floor. Dick is on his way to mend the fuse box - which Howard of course had already damaged - slips on this puddle and crashes to the floor, ending up in hospital with stitches.
"In fact I have the scar right now – the make up department are fantastic – I feel quite woozy just looking at it!"
He adds: "My relationship with Howard is, if it is possible to imagine, actually getting worse. Before he saw his son-in-law as a bit of a nuisance, but now Dick seem to be beginning to actually hate him.
"I think it's probably because there's a grandchild on the scene – baby Emily. The final straw is when Dick painstakingly prepares a present for her, which with Howard in the house turns out to be a very dangerous thing to do!
"Howard does try to help everybody out but actually succeeds in helping no-one but quite positively hindering them instead."
Filming a Christmas special in June was quite a challenge, as Geoffrey explains: "You forget what it's like to have that shivery cold feeling around Christmas, even though we are all wearing our winter togs, when it's 28 degrees you can't quite imagine it.
"It does feel quite Christmassy though around the set and the fake snow makes it a bit easier. The biggest problem we've faced is that it doesn't get dark until 10pm and there are a lot of scenes at night so we have to wait for ages for it to get dark!"
Christmas is a pretty big deal for Geoffrey and he thoroughly enjoys it: "I don't think I've ever had a bad Christmas actually. Secretly I still believe in Father Christmas really! I love all that, the waking up early, presents and so on.
"I spend it with my partner and she always invites elderly friends who are on their own to join us which is lovely. I will always go to church at some point whether it's Midnight Mass or Christmas morning, and one of my absolute favourite things is the carol service from Cambridge."
Nonetheless it seems Geoffrey has had Yuletide disasters of his own, similar to those scripted in Worst Christmas.
He explains: "I drove through my garage wall once; the car was an automatic and I was fiddling about and pressed the wrong peddle by mistake. Luckily the insurance company were fine about it – apparently it happens quite a lot!"
Geoffrey trained at RADA and has since been in an enormous number of television, theatre, radio and film productions.
Recent popular television shows he has been involved in include: Little Britain (BBC), My Hero (BBC, The Rotters' Club (BBC), Midsomer Murders (ITV) and The Robinsons (BBC).
Geoffrey has an extensive list of theatre work including: The Seagull (Bristol Old Vic), The Cocktail Party (Bristol Old Vic); Beware Of The Dog (St Martin's Theatre); and for the Shakespeare Globe in London and Tokyo where he performed in King Lear.
Film credits include: The Raging Moon (dir. Bryan Forbes), Kidnapped (dir. Delbert Mann) and SOS Titanic (dir. Billy Hale).