Little Crackers

Series 3 - 2. Rebecca Front's Little Cracker

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Radio Times
Review by:
David Crawford

Young Rebecca is in tears at the prospect of going to school, throwing her uniform and satchel out of her bedroom window. Is she suffering from school phobia brought on by starting “big school” as the so-called experts believe, or is there something deeper at play?

Rebecca and Jeremy Front’s charming period piece explores the gulf between childhood fears and adult understanding of them with gentle humour and a great heart, while steering clear of trite nostalgia. Lucy Hutchinson is terrific as the morbid young Rebecca, while Samantha Spiro and Richard Lumsden deliver their usual quality, and Front (hapless MP Nicola Murray in The Thick of It) is commanding as the kindly headmistress who comes to young Rebecca’s aid.

About this programme

2/12. Young Rebecca refuses to leaves her mum's side and go to school, worried the Grim Reaper is going to strike at any moment - so kind-hearted headteacher Miss Dyson comes up with a plan. Autobiographical comedy short written by and starring The Thick of It's Rebecca Front, with Lucy Hutchinson, Samantha Spiro and Richard Lumsden.

Cast and crew


Miss Dyson
Rebecca Front
Young Rebecca
Lucy Hutchinson
Samantha Spiro
Richard Lumsden


Chris Gernon
Rebecca Front
Jeremy Front