Nativity!. Copyright: Mirrorball Films


  • 2009 film

A British comedy film about a frustrated under-achieving teacher trying to put on a festive play. Stars Martin Freeman. Stars Martin Freeman, Barbara Isitt, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins, Alan Carr and more.

  • Repeated tomorrow at 2:20pm on BBC1
Nativity!. Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman). Copyright: Mirrorball Films

Key details

Martin Freeman, Barbara Isitt, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins, Alan Carr, Ricky Tomlinson, Rosie Cavaliero, John Sessions and more
Debbie Isitt and May Chu
Debbie Isitt
Nick Jones, Richard Turner, Joe Oppenheimer, David M. Thompson, Lee Thomas and Michael Henry

Directed and conceived by Debbie Isitt (Confetti), Nativity is an improvised comedy which stars Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen, Jason Watkins and Marc Wootton.

Mr Maddens is a frustrated under-achieving primary school teacher. His long time adversary, Gordon Shakespeare, is the teacher at the posh independent school up the road.

Every year, the two schools are embroiled in a bitter rivalry to achieve a five-star review for their Christmas nativity play. Maddens' class always comes runner-up. The story of his life.

This year, Maddens makes an idle boast to Shakespeare that his school's showstopping musical has attracted the attention of his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lore - who happens to be a big time Hollywood Producer. They want to make a movie starring his kids - Hollywood is coming to Coventry!

When over-enthusiastic new classroom assistant, Mr Poppy, overhears the lie, Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the centre of quarrelling parents, a wannabe show director, and more Mary and Josephs than he can shake a stick at.

Now all he needs to do is persuade Jennifer to make Hollywood pay attention and make their dreams come true.

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Nativity! Films

UK certificate
106 minutes
UK cinematic release
Friday 27th November 2009

Entertainment One

Camera set-up
Single camera

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Broadcast details

Next repeats
  1. Tomorrow at 2:20pm on BBC1
  2. Saturday 4th December at 8:20am on BBC2
Most recent repeats
  • Wednesday 23rd December 2020 at 10:15am on BBC1
  • Saturday 19th December 2020 at 10:00am on CBBC
  • Monday 14th December 2020 at 6:00pm on CBBC

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