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Star Wars Holiday Special: Where can I watch it in the UK?

The popular special follows Han Solo, played by Harrisonord, and Chewbacca as they travel back to Wookiee’s home planet to celebrate Life Day.

The Star Wars Holiday Special is buried so deeply, that many fans don’t even know it exists. The Special, which aired on CBS in 1978, became an elusive cult classic due to its bizarre storyline and terrible reviews.

The plot follows Han Solo, played by Harrisonord, and Chewbacca as they travel to Wookiee’s planet Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day and meet Chewbacca’s Wookiee family.

Star Wars creator George Lucas is not shown in the credits and the producer has allegedly said at a Star Wars convention: “If I had the time and the sledgehammer, I would go after every copy of the[Star Wars Holiday Special]and smash it.”

While Christmas Star Wars is best known for The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special released in 2020, the original from 1978 has been overlooked, and for good reason.

So, what is the Star Wars Christmas special and how can you watch it in the UK? Here’s everything you need to know.

Carrieisher poses with a Stormtrooper in 1980 (Photo: Getty Images)

What is the Star Wars Holiday Special?

The Star Wars Holiday Special aired on CBS in 1978, one year after the critically acclaimed first film was released in 1977. Directed by Steve Bender, it was filmed between the events of the first film and The Empire Strikes Back which was released in 1980.

The story follows Han Solo played by Harrisonord and Chewbacca as they travel to Wookiee’s planet Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day, but the pair are pursued by agents from the Galactic Empire in search of the Rebel Alliance members who thwarted Darth Vadar.

Featuring three members of Chewbacca’s family, his father Itchy, wife Malla, and son Lumpy, it’s also the first time fans get to know bounty hunter Bobaett, who will go on to appear in future films.

Was George Lucas involved?

Lucas is not credited in the special and has distanced himself from any involvement, despite rumors that he produced it. Interviewed by Harrisonord on The Conan O’Brien Show, Conan said, “A Christmas special came out, produced by George Lucas.”

Adding, “And the tapes have been passed around for years, and the rumor is that Lucas is trying to suppress ’cause none of you look happy while you’re doing this thing.” “

reported by Respected, Carrieisher, who was given a copy of the special: “George won’t let anyone have (The Holiday Special).” while salon I reported that the producer had said at a Star Wars convention: “If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would go after every copy of (The Star Wars Holiday Special) and smash it.”

Who starred in the Star Wars Holiday Special?

The entire cast of the original Star Wars movie is included in the Special including Mark Hamil as Luke Skywalker, Carrieisher as Princess Leia, and Harrisonord as Hans Solo. In addition to the usual lineup, there were additional characters including singer Diahann Carroll playing a hologram, Golden Girls actress Bea Arthur playing a singing cantina, rock group Jefferson Starship playing a holographic music video, and Harvey Korman playing a cooking show host.

Here’s the lineup for the Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978:

  • Harrisonord as Han Solo
  • Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
  • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
  • Carrieisher as Princess Leia
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
  • James Earl Jones as Darth Vader
  • Gabrielle Dell as Bobaett

You can watch the restored trailer for the special on YouTube below:

Is it still there?

Despite taking place in a galaxy far, far away, the Special still exists, but trying to track down a copy of it won’t be easy. The feature was almost forgotten, with the actors and Lucas reluctant to talk about it, which is why it became a ’70s cult classic, despite its bizarre storyline.

Where can I watch the Star Wars Holiday Special in the UK?

If you want to catch the infamous holiday show, it’s going to be hard to find a copy, the special was never released on home video and isn’t currently available to stream on online platforms like Netflix, Disney Plus, or Amazon Prime Video. Currently the only place you can watch it in the UK is YouTube.

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