The Goes Wrong Show stars reveal what to expect from the Christmas special

Catherine Earp
·2-min read
Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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Following the success of The Goes Wrong Show, the Mischief Theatre group are back on screens tonight with their Christmas special.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, the show's writer and actor Henry Lewis hinted what viewers can expect.

"We can tell you that it's Cornley Drama Society taking on the Nativity and that lots of things go wrong," he said. "The whole thing is set in a pop-up book which is fun, it has Christmas carols in it which is good, we haven't taken on many songs."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Jonathan Sayer, who also writes and acts in the show, added: "There's a donkey that has two arses at one point, that's a spoiler but I am happy to give it away."

The Goes Wrong Show – from the makers of the hit West End play aptly titled The Play That Goes Wrong – aired on BBC One earlier this year, with the fictitious Cornley Drama Society taking on various theatre genres.

So what happens when you're filming a show about things that go wrong, and something goes wrong for real?

"There's a moment in The Lodge, the horror episode, I'm holding a gun that breaks, but it was never supposed to break at all but we kept it in because it was quite funny," Henry said.

"I had a nightmare with it so we kept it in, you can see it happening. Sometimes stuff like that leads to other jokes."

Photo credit: PAMELA RAITH
Photo credit: PAMELA RAITH

The group had recently returned to the West End with their improv show Mischief Movie Night. With West End theatres closing, it's been moved online, but with a difference.

"We have a tiny studio, our comedy bunker and we're streaming the show," Jonathan said.

"There's two kinds of tickets, it's really accessible. You can either just watch the show or you can have a participation ticket and you'll have a spot in the studio virtually and you can suggest different things, so we'll be taking suggestions as the show goes on.

"I've watched a lot of streamed theatre in lockdown and you do feel a little cut off and I think the really exciting thing about this is that it will burst through this, you can shout at your telly and be heard."

The Goes Wrong Show: The Nativity is on tonight (Tuesday, December 22) at 7pm on BBC One. Tickets for Mischief Movie Night In! are available here.

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