What to expect from Meet The Richardsons festive specials on Dave
and live on Freeview channel 276
The two-part special follows on from the success of Meet The Richardsons, the first series of which aired on Dave earlier this year and sees Jon and his wife Lucy attempt to create the perfect Christmas for their daughter Elsie.
The couple play exaggerated versions of themselves in the sitcom, which is a fictional window into their marriage.
The festive specials will also star some of their celebrity friends, Johnny Vegas appears in the first Christmas episode, and their Hebden Bridge neighbours.
Following the two-episodes this month, a second series is also set to air in the new year.
Cameras followed the couple around for three months, documenting life at their home in Hebden Bridge.
“We don’t edit it, we’re not the producers, so just something small that you said in the car that led to a three-minute argument, you don’t remember…” said Lancaster-born Richardson..
Some of the funniest bits of the series are the “couch arguments”, where the couple talk to the camera about a myriad topics.
“We will film three days of those and they were right at the beginning; I couldn’t tell you a single thing I said,” Richardson admits.
“So, when it goes out, I’ll be on screen ranting about something that I’ve moved on from now but it will be a year on, and I’ll suddenly be getting angry about something I’d completely forgotten about.”
The second series will centre on the further frustrations of married life, the clash of career and personal life and how Jon and Lucy have been coping since viewers last saw them, including dealing with life after lockdown.
Beaumont said: "So glad to be getting paid to have an argument again, lockdown has been weird living with someone who has spent his life practising social distancing and frequent handwashing - if the government advise wearing beige cardigans and being a tedious grump I know something has been going on."
On how the affable pair have coped during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, Richardson says it’s shone a light on how lucky they are.
“We like each other’s company. We’ve got a kid that is a godsend; she’s just a joy, she needs constant stimulation.”
“You’re very in the moment with little kids,” echoes Beaumont. “Whatever big life event you’re going through, they still want to just have fun.”
Being in the public eye means you have a platform to raise awareness of issues, and Beaumont has been running a not-for-profit organisation, called Backpack Buddies, to provide meals and education to children living in deprivation in Hull, where she grew up, for four years now.
Last year, Beaumont and Richardson organised a comedy gala in Halifax to support Calderdale-based charity Mothershare, which runs a ‘baby bank’ to support families in dire financial straits and help that organisation set up their own local version of Backpack Buddies.
Beaumont and Richardson were originally anonymous donors to Mothershare but Lucy has now become one of its trustees.
Meet The Richardsons At Christmas will air on Dave on Wednesday, December 9 and Wednesday, December 16.