Debbie Isitt (2009)

U Certificate


Our Score
This spirited comedy from writer/director Debbie Isitt (Confetti) 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.

Cast & Crew

Paul Maddens Martin Freeman
Mr Poppy Marc Wootton
Gordon Shakespeare Jason Watkins
Jennifer Lore Ashley Jensen
Mrs Bevan Pam Ferris
Lord Mayor Ricky Tomlinson
Critic Alan Carr
Mr Lore John Sessions
Mrs Lore Phyllis Logan
Director Debbie Isitt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: E1 EntertainmentAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Nov 2009
Comedy Children's