This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) is being charged with the biggest challenge of his life - mounting the school's musical version of the Nativity. Competing against the posh neighbouring school for the honour of the best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer (Ashley Jensen), a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is - they haven't spoken in years.
With eccentric teaching assistant Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton) fuelling his 'little white lie', Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the centre of quarelling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune.
Now Maddens' only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody's Christmas wishes come true.
Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins, Ricky Tomlinson, Pam Ferris, Alan Carr
Joe Oppenheimer, Lee Thomas, David M Thompson, Michael Henry
BBC Films and Screen West Midlands in association with Limelight present A Mirrorball Films Production
27 November 2009
Out on DVD
22 November 2010
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