Nat has just finished shooting his guest part in this year's My Family Christmas Special, which is due to be broadcast on December 25, 2009 via BBC One. "The Fight Before Christmas", written by Tom Anderson will be 30-minutes in length.

Please note that this special could be merged into one 60-minute special including the My Family New Year's episode, but at present the information stated above is believed to be the current broadcast plan... which is a plan... still. All information is of course yet to be confirmed by the BBC.

Here's s short synopsis of what you can expect to see in this year's season special. It's December 2039 and the Harpers gather together to celebrate Christmas. Thirty years in the future, the family's appearance may have changed somewhat but their love/hate relationships are still very much alive.

Ben is in now in his eighties, a little slower than he used to be but still as grumpy as ever and causing grief for Susan – who, thanks to "a little moisturiser", hasn't aged a bit. To say that Janey has gained a little weight is an understatement, as she now weighs in at a whopping 20 stone.

Michael, meanwhile, is doing a very bad job of hiding his baldness with an unconvincing wig and, following a disastrous trip to the zoo, Roger is now merely a head in a glass dome.

Susan is put out by the fact that grandson Kenzo, now 38 years old, hasn't come to visit the family for Christmas Day. Ben is quick to point out that the Harpers have had some of the worst Christmases ever, and the family are reminded of some of their Christmas disasters.

Two years stand out in particular – back when they were all a lot younger, and Janey was a lot lighter, the usual arguments over presents were exacerbated by Susan's fun, new game – the Greed Gift Exchange. But, when Kenzo finally arrives, he points out that the year Uncle Richard came to stay was just as traumatic for him.

Ben is played by Robert Lindsay, Susan by Zoë Wanamaker, Janey by Daniella Denby-Ashe, Michael by Gabriel Thomson, Roger by Keiron Self, older Kenzo by Pascal Langdale and Uncle Richard by Nathaniel Parker.

A My Family Christmas Special DVD is in the pipeline and will come out in April 2010 in the UK. I'll keep you posted on exact broadcast and release dates as soon as they become available.Please note that all given info is subject to change.

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