Writers and actors announce exclusive rentable download version of the live show 

A screening of popular touring show, ‘Early Doors Live,’ is to be made available to rent in aid of The Christie charity. 

Early Doors was a TV hit when the sitcom was originally aired on the BBC in 2003 and gained cult status over its 12-episode run. The cast took the show on a sell-out tour in 2018-19 and are now releasing a screening of the live show to raise vital funds for the cancer charity. 

Fans can download the show for rent for £4.99 on the Vimeo On Demand service with all proceeds going to The Christie charity.

Written by and starring Craig Cash and Phil Mealey, Early Doors is famously set in a mythical Stockport pub, The Grapes. The actors who feature in the TV series and live show have come together to promote the download for a local charity that is close to their hearts.

Phil Mealey (who plays cheeky chappy Duffy), added: “The film has been edited from the Arena footage of the tour, and while this might have created a minor compromise on production values, it has more than made up for this in laughs and captures the atmosphere and joy of this live show experience wonderfully."

Phil added: “Most of us will have come across The Christie whether that be through a family member, friend or colleague being treated. And we all know what an amazing place it is and what incredible work it does. It was an easy decision for us to support The Christie and we really hope the download is a huge success.” 

Early Doors also features John Henshaw (put-upon landlord Ken), James Quinn (crooked local bobby Phil), Joan Kempson (cleaner Winnie), Judith Taylor (Ken’s mother Jean in the live show), Neil Hurst (pub bore Freddie in the live show) and Nick Birkinshaw (gloomy pub regular Tommy in the live show) who came together at a recent live charity screening event at Arley Hall and Gardens in Cheshire where they announced the exclusive download to a field full of fans at a drive-in screening. 

Louise Stimson, Head of fundraising at The Christie charity, said: “The cast has shared a real gift with the charity in giving us the proceeds from this download. Both committed fans and new converts to this hilarious comedy will really enjoy the show while doing good by raising much needed funds for The Christie charity – a wonderful combination.” 

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust providing enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. This includes money for care and treatment, research, education and extra cancer patient services. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that The Christie can provide to cancer patients and their families. 

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust was the first specialist trust to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ twice (in 2016 and 2018) by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It referred to The Christie as ‘a leader in cancer care’ and ‘a pioneer in developing innovative solutions to cancer care.’ The CQC praised the Trust’s staff which it said, ‘go the extra mile to meet the needs of patients and their families’ and that they were ‘exceptionally kind and caring.’ In 2017, the CQC rated The Christie as the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England.