Mayhem: Programme 6

Mayhem: Programme 6

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Belfast, Havelock House





37min 34sec




Betacam SP



Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)


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John Linehan's famous alter-ego, May McFettridge entertains a live UTV studio audience for the Christmas episode of Mayhem. 

Relying upon audience interaction, the show comprises a number of regular segments: 'Crystal May' in which McFettridge divines the secrets of audience members. Following this, the Belfast Bell Ringers play a Christmas tune, this ends up with the whole of the front row invited up to ring the bells and the rest of the audience joining in to sing 'Jingle Bells'.

The second half of the programme begins with 'May's Memories', here May tells the viewers about the time her family bought a christmas turkey that ended up being very much alive and loved by the family. However, with Christmas day fast approaching this family dynamic was not to last!

In 'Pick-A-Punta' audience members Lisa, Anthony and Paul take part in 'Big Patricia's Play'.


John Linehan is a Northern Irish entertainer, best known for his drag alter-ego, May McFettridge. For over 28 years, Linehan has topped the bill, playing this character in Christmas pantomimes at Belfast's Grand Opera House. In 2006, he was awarded an MBE for his service to charities in Northern Ireland.  


An About Face Media Production for UTV

Presented and performed by John Linehan

Written by Marie Jones, John Linehan, Anthony Rowe and Colin Lewis

Features Mike Nesbitt and Lynda Bryans



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