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This spirited comedy from writer/director Debbie Isitt (
) revolves around a Coventry teacher who creates a sensation when word leaks out that a Hollywood movie company is coming to film his primary school's nativity play. Unfortunately for Martin Freeman's Mr Maddens, the rumour isn't true. Freeman's practised delivery of much-hassled decency provides a sturdy anchor for this family farce that rather stumbles its way through a predictable triumph-of-the-underdog plot, but cajoles splendid turns from seasoned professionals and school-aged talent alike. Pam Ferris, for instance, is splendid as the stern headmistress with the softest of hearts, while Marc Wootton sparkles as the man-child teaching assistant Mr Poppy. However, the grown-ups are pretty much overshadowed by the youthful cast of the nativity play itself, who are so natural on camera that you can't help but smile.
A primary school teacher is given the job of directing a nativity play and is determined to outdo a rival from a nearby private school. When he dishonestly claims his ex-girlfriend is a Hollywood producer and is coming to see the show with an eye on making a film, he finds himself becoming a local celebrity. Comedy, starring Martin Freeman and Ashley Jensen.
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DVD and Blu-ray
27 Nov 2009
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