The narrative seems to suggest the plane crash took place at Christmas in the storyline, despite it being scheduled on 30th December.
There was an outdoor carol service in the episode that played on 28th December
, and on the 30th (the same evening in the storyline), Frank Tate was watching carols on the TV prior to delivering a present to Kim at the stables (which she didn’t get until two days later due to what unfolded). A Dickensian night was being held in the Woolpack on the night of the crash, the date of which must surely have been mentioned in previous episodes. Yet on the day after the crash, Frank says to Kim “It’s been a hell of a year”, which could imply it’s New Years Eve. We would need to watch all of the episodes leading up to the crash to get a better idea of the exact date it’s meant to be for the villagers.
As I say I think the episode with the outdoor carol service is actually 23 December. It's definitely not the same day in the story as the plane crash. With regards to the Dickensian night on the first crash episode one character mentions how odd it is to have it in the lull between Christmas and the new year.
Thanks - I missed the reference to The Dickensian evening. It’s been a while since I saw any of those episodes, but I remember Elizabeth throwing out Eric during what I think was a carol service, and I thought it happened in the 28th December episode. I must be wrong. I’ll have to watch the episodes leading up to 30th December again to see if they have the feeling of having been padded out so the crash occurred a couple of episodes later - but that’s the first I’ve heard of the date being changed, and I imagine it wouldn’t have been easy to insert extra footage without affecting the continuity of episodes already in the can (such as the Dickensian reference).
EDIT: Just flicked through the episode labelled as 28th December. It does feature the carol service, and Kathy refers to the fact it’s not yet Christmas. Shirley and Alan refer to the Dickensian evening that’s due to take place between Christmas and New Year. So I can only assume we don’t see Christmas Day in the storyline, it jumps from Christmas Eve or thereabouts (tx 28th December) and a date between Christmas and New Year (tx 30th Dec through to 6th Jan: plane crash evening and following day). By 10th Jan it may be New Years Day, but this isn’t referenced as far as I remember. The few days following the crash go on until mid January at least by tx date.
Last edited by Si-Co on 18 April 2019 11:07pm
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