Little Crackers.

Little Crackers

Sky One comedy drama. 35 episodes (3 series), 2010 - 2012. Stars Chris O'Dowd, Catherine Tate, Julian Barratt, Stephen Fry, Kathy Burke, Bill Bailey, Julia Davis and others.

Little Crackers 2010, Episode 12 - Meera Syal's Little Cracker

Uncle Satnam steps out from Santa's shadow in an autobiographical short written by and starring Meera Syal. Filmed in 3D.

Further details

Little Crackers. Image shows from L to R: Young Meera (Narisa Padhiar), Meera Syal.

Little Crackers. Image shows from L to R: Young Meera (Narisa Padhiar), Papa (Sanjeev Bhaskar).

Uncle Santa

1970. Seven-year-old Meera Syal wants to celebrate Christmas but Meera's parents don't do Christmas as there are enough Hindu festivals as it is.

Seeing his daughter's anguish, Meera's dad takes her to see a poor excuse for a Santa Claus at his work's Christmas party. Unimpressed, Meera begins to lose her Christmas spirit... until she arrives home and meets Uncle Satnam.

With a big white beard and a taste for sherry and mince pies Uncle Satnam brings festive cheer to the Syal household. But is he really who he says he is?


Produced by Renegade Pictures and Can Communicate.

Broadcast details

Saturday 25th December 2010
Sky One
15 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Meera Syal Self
Guest cast
Narisa Padhiar Young Meera
Ayesha Dharker Mama
Sanjeev Bhaskar Papa
Mark Williams Father Christmas
Madhav Sharma Uncle Satnam
Mark Roper Bill
Bethany Randswalsh Tracey
James Carcaterra Policeman
Adlyn Ross Old Woman
Writing team
Meera Syal Writer
Production team
Peter Lydon Director
Lucy Robinson Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Jon Rowlands Executive Producer
David Wooster Executive Producer

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