Little Crackers
Little Crackers

Little Crackers

  • TV comedy drama
  • Sky One
  • 2010 - 2012
  • 35 episodes (3 series)

Festive seasons of autobiographical short films written by and starring some of Britain's top comedy stars, including Stephen Fry and Barbara Windsor. Stars Chris O'Dowd, Catherine Tate, Julian Barratt, Stephen Fry, Kathy Burke and more.

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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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 31st December 2010 10:00pm Sky1
Thursday 29th December 2011 9:15pm Sky1
Sunday 2nd December 2012 1:40am Sky Arts 2
Saturday 8th December 2012 5:30am Sky Arts
Saturday 8th December 2012 3:30pm Sky Arts 2
Sunday 23rd December 2012 8:45pm Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 25th December 2012 6:45pm Sky Atlantic
Friday 8th March 2013 12:15am Sky1

Cast & crew

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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