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 2 - Chris O'Dowd's Little Cracker

Not everyone has a soft spot for Santa in an autobiographical short written by and starring Chris O'Dowd.

Further details

Little Crackers. Santa (Chris O'Dowd)
Little Crackers. Image shows from L to R: Young Chris (Robert Donnelly), Santa (Chris O'Dowd)

Capturing Santa

1986. Santa Claus, whatever name he's known by, he's loved by children worldwide but not seven-year old Chris O'Dowd. He doesn't love Santa, he hates him. What's to love about a man who sneaks down your chimney?

Young Chris certainly shows the local supermarket's Santa exactly what he thinks of him...

1988. Now nine, Chris O'Dowd has had enough. How hard can it be to get a Subbuteo set? It's time to show Santa Claus who's boss. And so, young Chris embarks on a cunning plan to catch his life-long nemesis.


Produced by Sprout Pictures.

Broadcast details

Sunday 19th December 2010
Sky One
15 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 19th December 2010 10:45pm Sky1
Friday 31st December 2010 9:15pm Sky1
Sunday 1st January 2012 5:00am Sky1
Monday 3rd December 2012 1:45am Sky Arts
Thursday 6th December 2012 4:55am Sky Arts
Monday 6th April 2015 9:45pm Sky1

Cast & crew

Chris O'Dowd Santa
Guest cast
Robert Donnelly Young Chris
Sharon Horgan Mother
John O'Dowd Father
Jamie McIntyre Padriac
Clive Swift Real Father Christmas
Lucy Laverty Sister 1
Eva Laverty Sister 2
Chris O'Dowd Narrator
Writing team
Chris O'Dowd Writer
Nick Murphy Writer
Production team
Peter Cattaneo Director
Mike Elliott Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Stephen Fry Executive Producer
Gina Carter Executive Producer
Charles Elton Executive Producer
Scot Crane Editor
Gary Williamson Production Designer

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