A Child's Christmases in Wales: (L to R) Mam/Brenda (Ruth Jones), Young Owen (Oliver Bunyan), Dad/Geraint (Mark Lewis Jones) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmases in Wales

Tuesday, Dec. 16 | 1:00am ET/10:00pm PT

Inspired by Dylan Thomas’ nostalgic anecdotal tale, this observant comedy, narrated by Michael Sheen and starring Ruth Jones, speaks volumes about family Christmases through the decades.

The ‘child’s Christmas’ evoked by Dylan Thomas is a montage of many idyllic, colourful festive seasons rolled into one delirious dream. For Owen Rhys, growing up in a 1980s terraced house in the South Wales valley, Christmas is a rather less poetic affair – although just as eventful.

Every Christmas, the peace and quiet of Owen’s house – where he lives with his pessimistic father and his rigidly organized mother – is shattered by the arrival of three family members: Owen’s two uncles and his cousin Maurice. In this series of vignettes we see episodes of three Christmases dotted throughout the decade, as Owen and Maurice grow from boys into men, while his dad and his uncles seem to regress from men into boys, and Owen’s mum Brenda, watches in despair.

Dad and his older brother, Huw, bicker and undermine each other. Huw’s son Maurice and Owen and forced into competitive games which play out their respective fathers’ rivalries. The youngest brother, the black sheep Gorwel, arrives late, doles out badly-judged presents and normally floods the bathroom; and Brenda, Owen’s obsessive homemaker mother, tries to prevent everything from going to pieces.

Yet beneath all this antagonism is a certain joy arising from the fact that deep down, everyone really knows they couldn’t have Christmas without each other…or could they?

A Child's Christmas in Wales: (L to R) Uncle Huw (Steve Speirs), Young Maurice (Jamie Burch), Young Owen (Oliver Bunyan), Mam/Brenda (Ruth Jones), Dad/Geraint (Mark Lewis Jones), Uncle Gorwel (Paul Kaye). Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmas in Wales: Mam/Brenda (Ruth Jones), Dad/Geraint (Mark Lewis Jones) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmas in Wales: Uncle Huw (Steve Speirs) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmas in Wales: Uncle Huw (Steve Speirs) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmas in Wales: Mam/Brenda (Ruth Jones) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmas in Wales: Dad/Geraint (Mark Lewis Jones) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmas in Wales: Uncle Gorwel (Paul Kaye) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmas in Wales: (L to R) Uncle Huw (Steve Speirs), Dad/Geraint (Mark Lewis Jones), Uncle Gorwel (Paul Kaye) pulling a cracker in front of Christmas tree Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmas in Wales: (L to R) Dad/Geraint (Mark Lewis Jones) & Young Owen (Oliver Bunyan) – high five.. Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmas in Wales: (L to R) Uncle Huw (Steve Speirs), Young Maurice (Jamie Burch). Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmas in Wales: (L to R) Young Maurice (Jamie Burch), Uncle Gorwel (Paul Kaye), Young Owen (Oliver Bunyan) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmases in Wales: (L to R) Mam/Brenda (Ruth Jones), Dad/Geraint (Mark Lewis Jones) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmases in Wales: Mam/Brenda (Ruth Jones) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmas in Wales: Behind the Scenes - Plasma screen on set (L to R) Young Owen (Oliver Bunyan), Young Maurice (Jamie Burch) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmases in Wales: Behind the Scenes - Wider shot of plasma on set Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmases in Wales: Behind the Scenes (L to R) Uncle Gorwel (Paul Kaye) Christine Gernon, Director Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

A Child's Christmases in Wales: (L to R) Mam/Brenda (Ruth Jones), Young Owen (Oliver Bunyan), Dad/Geraint (Mark Lewis Jones) Photo: Sam Frost (c) Boomerang/UNP 2009

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