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Pantomime is usually for the Theatre, but occasionally some productions are either filmed specifically for Live Action TV, or Theatrical Productions are recorded so that the general populace can enjoy them.

ITV is no exception. Just before the Turn of the Millennium they decided to record a production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" written by Simon Nye, the writer behind Men Behaving Badly. It did very well in the ratings, and three more production were recorded, the last in 2002. ITV now shows the repeats as a regular feature over the festive period.

The productions, listed by year of broadcast, are as follows:

Examples of tropes in these productions include:

Jack & the Beanstalk

 Jack: I keep a photo of him, just to remind me what he look like...

Jill: Jack, that's my father!

Jack: Yeah, well, nobody remembers what my dad looked like...

 Dame Dolly: Now, boys and girls, can you guess what I like doing when I'm done in the dumps? *cue guffaws from audience* Yes, yes, older boys and girls, sometimes I like doing that...

 Goldilocks: I live next door to the Dame and son Jack/She's very hairy and he's surprisingly stupid.

Narrator: [[[Beat]], whilst looking around with a bewildered expression ] Well... she usually spoke in rhyme!


  There will be a few flashes, so anybody with a pacemaker may want to nip to the loo...


 Genie of the Ring: When you make a cake, you have to throw yourself into it!

Genie of the Lamp: Yes, thanks for that subtle hint!

 Abernazer: This? It's my magic ring. You rub it, and magic happens!

Widow Twanky: Oh, I have something similar...

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