{{Pantomime}} is usually for the {{theatre}}, but [[http://www.its-behind-you.com/tvpanto.html occasionally]] some productions are either filmed specifically for LiveActionTV, or TheatricalProductions are recorded so that the general populace can enjoy them.

{{ITV}} is no exception. Just before the TurnOfTheMillennium they decided to record a production of "Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk" written by Simon Nye, the writer behind MenBehavingBadly. It did very well in the ratings, and three more production were recorded, the last in 2002. ITV now shows the repeats as a [[ChristmasSpecial regular feature over the festive period]].

The productions, listed by year of broadcast, are as follows:
* "Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk" 25th December 1999
* "Literature/{{Cinderella}}" 2nd January 2000
* "Literature/{{Aladdin}}" 25th December 2000
* "Literature/DickWhittington" 1st January 2002

!! Examples of tropes in these productions include:

!!! Jack & the Beanstalk

* AbhorrentAdmirer: [[CrossCastRole Dame Dolly]] is this to Baron Wasteland
* ActorAllusion: At one point, Jack stomps off in a huff, saying he'll eventually be in his own place, where he'll sit around in his pants drinking beer. Bear in mind Jack is [[MenBehavingBadly played by Neil Morrissey, in a panto written by Simon Nye]].
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Dame Dolly and "the golden hen what lays golden heggs".
* ArentYouForgettingSomeone: Jack never did rescue Tim...
* AudienceParticipationSong: {{Invoked}} by Dame Dolly because, in her own words "[[CannotTellALie we have to fill in the next ten minutes]] [[NoFourthWall while they change the scenery around]]".
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Just what is Dolly a Dame ''of''?
* BrokeEpisode: The whole panto is this for Jack and Dolly, which is worrying as they have Baron Wasteland for a CrankyLandlord.
* DisappearedDad / MissingMom: Jack has the former, Jill the latter. Jack's father [[YouDontWantToKnow died in childbirth]] whilst Jill's just isn't mentioned.
-->'''Jack:''' I keep [[PreciousPhoto a photo of him, just to remind me what he look like]]...
-->'''Jill:''' Jack, that's ''my'' father!
-->'''Jack:''' Yeah, well, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint nobody remembers what my dad looked like]]...
* {{Fiction500}}: The Baron and Jill are this, and Dame Dolly and Jack soon join them.
* FracturedFairyTale: Jack sure is keen on making Jill go up that hill with him...
** And Goldilocks is back to her usual house-breaking tricks...
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Typical for a panto, but in the aforementioned AudienceParticipationSong they really go for some RefugeInAudacity
-->''Dame Dolly:'' Now, boys and girls, can you guess what I like doing when I'm done in the dumps? *cue guffaws from audience* [[{{Lampshaded}} Yes, yes]], [[ParentalBonus older boys and girls]], sometimes I like doing [[ADateWithRosiePalms that]]...
** Jill's [[UnusualEuphemism shirt potatoes]]...
** Jack was awfully pleased when he heard Jill [[GirlOnGirlIsHot had a girl friend]]...
*** Or... look, let's just say any scene with Jack and Jill and/or Julian Clary, is rife with not-so InnocentInnuendo, okay?
* TheFool: Jack. [[YouPutTheXInXY He really puts the "Idiot" in]] IdiotPlot.
** It's implied he's more a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: The song in which the villagers sing about how incredibly brave Jack is to climb the beanstalk, while his own lines shift from a declaration that he's going to climb it [[FeetOfClay to excuses as to why he isn't]].
* GratuitousIambicPentameter: Goldilocks talks in this.
-->'''Goldilocks:''' I live next door to the Dame and son Jack/She's very hairy and he's [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion surprisingly stupid]].
-->'''Narrator:''' [{{beat}}, whilst looking around with a [[FlatWhat bewildered expression]] ] Well... she ''usually'' spoke in rhyme!
* HeelFaceTurn: The Baron's a [[{{Jerkass}} heartless jerk]], but he gets better as the panto goes on
* [[IneptMage Inept]] FairyGodmother: She really does need to read the instructions for that wand...
* InteractiveNarrator: [[HaveIGotNewsForYou Paul Merton]]. He's so interactive, he has to [[{{Padding}} pad things out]] when the cast's not quite ready.
** The FairyGodmother ''tries'' to be this, but Merton's already given most of the narration when she arrives.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Baron ''Wasteland''?!
* NoEndorHolocaust: The beanstalk crushed the Baron's castle when it fell... good everyone was outside, playing with a ball!
* PairTheSpares: The Baron and Dame Dolly. Well, [[CulturalStereotypes anything's better than living in Letchworth]]...
** Wait a minute... if Jack and Jill get married, and their respective parents get married too, [[UnfortunateImplications wouldn't that make them step-siblings?]]
* PantomimeAnimal: The cow, [[IncrediblyLamePun Pat]].
* PlatonicLifePartners: Tim and the giant appear to be this
* RunningGag: How ''did'' [[FridgeLogic the golden hen change size when Jack went down the beanstalk]]?
* ShoutOut: Aside from the usual ActorAllusion, there are a few to the Ferrero Rocher ads, for some reason...
* StarCrossedLovers: Jack and Jill are this. Jill wants to MarryForLove, but the Baron doesn't want his daughter married to a clot, especially one as poor as Jack.
* TheUnreveal: The giant is only seen from the ankle down, mostly to avoid SpecialEffectsFailure
* WhatTheHellHero: Jack's getting kinda ticked at everyone mocking his magic beans, and the dumb schmuck takes it out on Jill. It was an OutOfCharacterMoment, and they patch things up afterwards, but still...

!!! Cinderella

* AndroclesLion: In one scene, Cinders helps out the [[FairyGodmother Good Fairy]] (who's in disguise). That apparently is what convinces him to help her.
* BadImpressionists: Buttons is one.
* BurningWithAnger: The WickedStepmother experiences this when she realises Cinderella was the one who kissed the prince.
* {{Camp}}: Dandini.
* CannotSpitItOut: Buttons, [[TheWoobie the poor schmuck]]...
* ChildhoodFriends: Buttons and Cinderella are this. Once, they were picking apples, and Buttons made sure [[PantyShot she didn't fall]]...
* ContentWarnings: Right before the Good Fairy works his magic, he warns:
--> There will be a few flashes, so anybody with a pacemaker may want to nip to the loo...
* TheEeyore: PrinceCharming is this for most of Act 1.
* {{Fanfare}}: Buttons does a lot of this, at point doing [[RuleOfFunny "La Cucaracha"]].
* FreudianExcuse: The WickedStepmother hates Cinderella,, because [[OverlyLongGag she (Cinderella) resembles her (still Cinderella's) mother, the first wife of the man who married the aforementioned]] WickedStepmother. She hates everyone else because... [[{{Jerkass}} well, she's just a right cow]].
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Cinderella is this... except to spiders.
* GratuitousIambicPentameter: The Good Fairy talks in this, but only for casting spells and exiting the stage.
* HangoverSensitivity: The Ugly Sisters suffered from this in Act 2. Buttons [[KickTheSonOfABitch takes full advantage of this]].
* IWasQuiteALooker: The WickedStepmother was this... briefly... from the back.
* InformedAttractiveness: The Ugly Sisters inform everyone else of theirs in "(I've Got) Class".
* {{Leitmotif}}: The WickedStepmother gets one, as a prompt for the audience to boo and hiss. Granted, the audience [[RunningGag gets covered in spit]]...
* LoveAtFirstSight: PrinceCharming and Cinderella experience this.
* [[NeverSayThatAgain Never Do That Again]]: PrinceCharming really, '''really''' doesn't want Dandini to slap his thigh again. Ever.
* NonIdenticalTwins: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Ugly Sisters]], [[InformedAttribute in spite of what they say...]]
* {{Padding}}: The Ugly Sisters indulge in some {{slapstick}}, followed with a DontTryThisAtHome
* PairTheSpares: Buttons may not get Cinders, but he will have a deep and meaningful relationship with... a horse.
* ParentalAbandonment: Cinderella. Her mother was [[Creator/AllanSherman eaten by a bear]] and her father died soon after remarrying.
* [[KingIncognito Prince Incognito]]: PrinceCharming does this, just to see [[IJustWantToBeNormal what it's like to be normal]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Dandini lapses into this quite a bit...
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Cinderella ''believes'' she's this... whether she ''actually'' is depends entirely on how charitable you feel.
* [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell, Buttons?]]: Buttons recommends [[KickTheSonOfABitch killing Cinderella's stepmother and feeding her to the wolves]]. The audience was ''supposed'' to act with horror to this...

!!! Aladdin

* ActingUnnatural: Abernazer does this when he tries to mingle with the crowd, even going "[[UnsoundEffect Mingle, mingle, mingle]]".
* ActorAllusion:
* TheCameo: SClub7 show up to sing one of their songs.
** Don't forget Leslie Phillips!
*** Or Trisha!
* ChaseScene: Aladdin and the cops get into one of these when he [[LawfulStupid talks to a princess without a license]]. [[FunnyMoment They do stop half-way through for a breather...]]
* DontTryThisAtHome: The Princess tells Abernazer she'd rather stick pins in her eyes than marry him. Both of them then [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall tell the audience they really shouldn't do that]].
* DreadfulMusician: Quite literally; if you have a love song, it helps to have at least '''one''' of your main leads can hold a tune...
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Princess' name isn't actually mentioned, a fact that Aladdin {{lampshades}} a few times.
* GoingCommando: Abernazer, apparently.
** That proves to be [[GroinAttack his undoing]]...
* HistoryMarchesOn: Out of the suitable princes for the princess, two are [[BritishRoyalFamily Prince Charlie]] and [[TonyBlair Prince Tony]].
* IJustWantToBeNormal: The Princess.
* [[IneptMage Inept]] [[GenieInABottle Genie In A Ring]]: He can magic up an omelette...
* InsistentTerminology: It's "''Abernazer''", not [[RunningGag "a banana"!]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: Aladdin and the Princess
* {{Padding}}: The two genies make a cake and, well...
-->'''Genie of the Ring:''' When you make a cake, [[{{Foreshadowing}} you have to throw yourself into it!]]
-->'''Genie of the Lamp:''' Yes, [[SarcasmMode thanks for that subtle hint!]]
* PoliceBrutality: The Police Chief really, '''really''' wants to rough up... well, [[PlayedForLaughs anyone, really]].
* PunnyName:
** [[FatGirl Handy]], the Princess' hand maiden and Wishee-Washee
*** That's probably why [[PairTheSpares they end up together in the last act]].
* TheUnfavourite: Wishee-Washee. It's doesn't help he's a {{cloudcuckoolander}}
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When Aladdin, his family and the Emperor show up, they mention how they got there by [[IncrediblyLamePun Hertz Carpets]]... in spite of the fact that Aladdin still had the magic ring.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Aladdin tries the old OpenSesame trick. When that doesn't work, [[AsideGlance he turns to the audience]] and says [[LampshadedTrope "Wrong panto!"]]
* YouFool: Abernazer says this when the Princess hands him Aladdin's lamp.
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