Two formidable ladies join forces, and the result is... curious.
Dame Julie and Miss Peg have a game go at this almost surreally stream-of-consciousness medley - a sort of crystalline distillation of a night out at a particularly genteel gay piano bar - and if nothing else they seem to be having a good enough time doing it. If Lee's recent biography, Is That All There Is? is to be believed, there might be more than a grain of truth in the quip thrown off so laboriously by Mr. Ustinov at the top of the clip - the diva was going through a phase in which she apparently believed that standing up caused her to gain weight, and so is a totally recumbent presence as The Sugar Plum Fairy. Beyond that, she was so displeased with something about the initial blocking of the number (she believed it emphasized her backside, somehow) that she withdrew in full collapse to a London hospital until changes were made. In the end, the filming recommenced to her satisfaction, but, as was not especially unusual by this point in her career, Lee is alternately glorious and appalling - but she has a great few lines on "Just in Time" that almost make up for the mawkish whole...
Despite coming from the Dame's 1973 Christmas special, only a few notes have a holiday tinge, and that's perhaps for the best - Lee also performed the lugubrious Yuletime number featured herein a few years ago, and a little of that goes a very long way.
Should you care to, you may catch the whole spectacular here; it's a positive festival of awkward dialogue and forced holiday spirit.