Festive Phil Christmas 2019 Special

Festive Phil


Ah Christmas. A wonderful time of year and we here at The Splat! Show love to celebrate the festive season with a Christmas themed Splat! Show. We start to think about who we want to star in our Christmas specials during the summer months and then get the process moving. Nearly always we want to feature a guest who has already shot with us and this year was no different.

Phil was our first choice to star in our Christmas 2019 special. Phil, who last starred in our season 16 mid-season special, really enjoyed his first shoot with us and was delighted we asked him not only to come back, but to star in our Christmas special.

Phil told us that he loves Christmas and is one of his favourite times of the year. So, did we ruin Christmas for Phil after filming this Christmas Splat! Show? Of course not, but we don’t think Christmas has ever been as messy as this for Phil!

We really hope you enjoy our Christmas 2019 special and watching Phil’s return to The Splat! Show. We would like to wish all our viewers and fans a very Happy Christmas! 

Festive Phil Features The Following

Christmas Hero Phil Saves The Icon’s Of Christmas: Phil turned up to find a huge plastic box wrapped in Christmas paper. Of course it was the tank. We interview Phil outside the Gunge Tank before the shoot gets underway to catch up with what has been going with Phil since his last appearance with us over a year ago. After the interview, we invite Phil to unwrap the Gunge Tank. Phil then finds Santa and a Snowman sitting in The Gunge Tank Hot seat. Will Phil gunge the Icon’s of Christmas or will he take their place and be the Christmas Hero? 

The Splat! Christmas Blizzard Quiz: Phil loves Christmas, but is his Christmas general knowledge quiz up to scratch? In the first quiz of the show, Phil takes on a Christmas edition of Foam Me Up. But as it’s Christmas, we added more snow (foam) than usual. We admit these questions about Christmas were tough, but we wouldn’t of thought Mr Christmas Phil would’ve done better. Phil soon disappeared under the snow and is not seen again until a colourful Christmas Gunging cleared the snow away.

Tour De Gunge Christmas Tour: In what might be the final ever Tour De Gunge, Phil takes on the messy bike challenge, but of course with a Christmas Twist. A Christmas hat (which was removed before the end tanking) and plenty of snow and Christmas Sludge. Will Phil beat the current leader Jon during this last ever Tour De Gunge? Watch and find out! Check out the Tour De Gunge Leader Board here.

The Easy Christmas Quiz: The second and final quiz featured in this Christmas special features what we would say were much easier Christmas themed questions. It really seems like Phil needs to brush up his Christmas knowledge because the custard pie barrage was relentless and also failed to stop the tank from drenching him in yellow, eggnog Gunge!

Christmas Gunge Tank Karaoke Finale: Phil told us during his interview that he had started taking singing lessons since his last Splat! Show appearance. Well that’s good then, because we already planned on featuring Gunge Tank Karaoke in this Christmas special. And we feel that those singing lessons are paying off as Phil gives Gunge Tank Karaoke a great go with some great vocals while facing the barrage of gunge, foam and tank drops. What song did we get Phil to sing? Well of course it was Last Christmas by WHAM. How very, very appropriate 😉

Video Details: Video Length: 1 Hour 10 Minutes and 42 seconds. Presented in 4k. Help playing videos.

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Content Guidelines: Shirtless in some scenes. Some swear word usage, one major use. If we had to give it a age certificate: 15. Learn more about our Content Guidelines

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Festive Phil Picture Pack

Download the Festive Phil picture pack featuring 145 high resolution pictures taken at the Festive Phil Splat! Shoot. These pictures were shot especially for this picture pack and are not screen shots from the show. Manual and automatic downloads available. Please note that this picture pack differs from the two picture packs available on the Splat! Fan Club. 

2 Festive Phil Picture Packs

View two picture packs taken at Festive Phil Shoot  just for the Fan Club. Please note that these two picture packs differ from the Festive Phil Shoot Pack available to purchase.

Festive Phil Fan Cam Footage

View the fan cam footage from the Festive Phil Shoot. Fan Cam footage is shot on a handheld camera and gives you new angles at some of the action from the shoot. Mainly used for different Gunging angles but includes other elements too. This footage is not featured in the main release and can only be viewed on The Splat! Fan Club.

Festive Phil Cut Footage

View the cut footage from the Festive Phil Shoot. Featuring clean downs, cut footage and other bits that didn’t make it into the show edit.

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Necessity is the mother of invention they say and, whoever “they” are, have clearly seen how we plan and shoot the Splat Show. Today was one of those days where we had a FANTASTIC plan…. and promptly threw it out of the window.  I’m not saying that nothing went as planned today but anyone who was watching on the live feed will have seen a lot of improvisation going on (well, until I tripped over it and accidentally stopped it!).  Know what though?  When the star of the show is the fantastic Phil, it doesn’t matter how chaotic things go, you know you’re on to a winner.

It’s the start of November, you’re getting over the candy overdose that is halloween but for us that was WEEKS ago with Benji and we’re stepping up for Christmas (at this rate we’ll be filming Easter in December and back on Halloween in April).  Phil was very much Pete’s idea but Pete has impeccable taste.  I had very fond memories of our first shoot with him (okay, I had very fond memories of the photography part especially) but decided not to check back in the blogs just in case what I wrote at the time didn’t tie in with my memory! That was back in August though, only fractionally before the shops actually stocked Christmas things.  So roll forward to November and the big day…. well actually it started a couple of days ago with a sketch pad and how I wanted the tank to look.  Then there’s the shopping and the checking that what’s been purchased actually ties in with the idea I had.  Turns out when we actually opened the packets this morning it wasn’t quite was I thought I’d purchased and that was plan number one out of the window.  Still, as usual, a “small” amount of over purchasing may have happened and about 20 minutes later the tank was mostly done.  You see that’s one of the many things that doesn’t really come across on screen…. the set up time.  Even a basic show needs a certain amount of setting up and a Christmas special is definitely NOT a basic show.  Put it this way, this is the first time Pete asked me to clean the tank BEFORE the start of the shoot.  So please freeze frame before the first gunging and witness the metal supports looking cleaner than they have in a very long time.  
Next up is the gunge mixing.  On average we mix up 11 buckets of gunge or so per shoot.  Each bucket only takes a few minutes to mix up BUT multiply that up by 11 and even the mixing stage takes quite some time to do. We multitask (yes, we actually can do two things at once…. occasionally) and go through the plan for the day.  Pete has some interesting ideas for the day but in the back of my mind I can’t quite see it working, so we do the NEXT stage of improvisation and change the running order.  I’m not saying my suggestion was perfect but when planning a Splat Show, we’ve (finally) learned that if we both go through ideas and new games then we’re less likely to have critical fails whilst shooting (oh alright, *I’ve* learned to run things by Pete….. so back in the archives for one of Jon’s shoots where my ideas really didn’t work!)
Phil arrives and yup, he’s EXACTLY as laid back as I remember him.  Pete and I put the finishing touches to the tank and after the briefest of health and safety reminders, it’s 1319 and we get started.  Just remember that I’ve been in Kettering since 10am and Pete is still just the tiniest bit jet lagged.Still, this is why we have caffeine… 
Now, as with these blogs, I’m going to try and avoid too many spoilers.  The interview REALLY takes me by surprise.  No really.  I just about keep my mouth moving to ask questions but see if you can spot the moment where, off camera, my jaw really drops.  Phil gives us the goods though when the string is pulled and there’s a gleam in Pete’s eye that says he’s happy with how things have started.
Guilty confession time…. if at any time there’s a note of desperation, it’s because for once, I’m the one that’s set the deadline for the end of the shoot (ie I have a train booked). We’ve started later than planned but Phil is an absolute natural in the tank.  I’m on question reading duty and Pete’s on snow duty…. and Phil, of course, is trying to answer the questions.  Which, as always, means that both Pete and I have to make judgement calls about how much help to offer.  So, here’s a serious question for you all…. how much help should we actually give?  Do we get the level right or are we too nice? Today, we were nice as it’s “Christmas”.  Well nice-ish.  We can’t let someone as hot as Phil leave the tank clean now can we!
The next few segments go fairly smoothly, then the tank decides to play up and Pete hands me the scissors to do the emergency balloon-ectomy.  Thankfully the white chair doesn’t object to being drenched in cold water.  I deny there was any kind of shriek from me when the ice cold water also decided to try and wake me up as well!  As I fill the tank for the umpteenth time, I also realise that the plan we have for a topless tank segment or two (as in the tank is topless, trust me, you’ll see a LOT of Phil’s fantastic pecs) isn’t going to work, partially because of the time limit but more because my arms and balance wouldn’t have been good enough.  So we do MORE improvisation and re-work the end of the show.
So, skipping over the remaining segments and getting to the last thing we film…. messy e-mails.  We wanted to bring this back for the anniversary year but it might not return in its current form.  Most of the requests we got were doable but, as much as I would REALLY love to do a few of the more interactive ideas….. Phil has a girlfriend and I didn’t have her permission to get too hands on.  Also…. well Phil is a model but not “that” type of model so we had to cross a few things off the list (sadly sadly sadly). We kept in the as the last bit though.  And you know how sometimes you instantly know you’ve made a major mistake?  I suddenly realised that I was going to have to clean the tank at the end and man it STANK.
Phil’s an amazing guy.  Yes, I probably have a bit of a crush now if you must know but he knocked us for six today with just how fantastic he was.  We’ve had all kinds of issues over the years with models who aren’t massively keen on certain things (yes, we have had models who have said outright no to certain stuff) but not Phil.  The laid back hunk on the screen is exactly what you would have seen when the cameras weren’t rolling if you’d been there.  Totally at ease with everything we literally threw at him…. I’m going to be keeping my eye out for him in the future because anyone who gets to work with him has got themselves a damn talented guy.  He leaves at about 4.30.  That means in three hours he fimed seven segments, none of which were really “easy”.  Pete and I had a conversation once he’d left about one particular segment.  We are totally honest at Splat but both Pete and I *really* hope Phil wins our Tour de Gunge.
That leaves me 60 minutes to empty out 11 buckets of gunge from the base of the tank, scrape down the sides (again), clear up a LOT of empty custard cartons, cans of foam and a can of .  I injured my foot earlier in the year (not at Splat though, now that could have been an interesting discussion!) so I depart just before 5.30 and make it down to the station for my train.  It’s an empty carriage so I get to flick through the pictures from the day.  New camera.  Stunning Phil.  You’re in for a treat.
Happy Christmas to you all.  Unless you’re re-reading this in April in which case, we’re probably filming the halloween special whilst you’re overdosing on chocolate so happy errrrrrrr halloweaster.  And I’m probably sitting in the corner planning next Christmas.  And I know who I want in the tank….. 🙂

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