Little Crackers.

Little Crackers

Sky One comedy drama. 36 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
    Adam Windmill Editor
    Louise Corcoran Production Designer
    Jonathan Goldstein Composer

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