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Goofy followup to 2009's Nativity!, which sees David Tennant as a supply teacher in a school trying to win a Christmas song competition

Debbie Isitt's followup to her popular Christmas comedy Nativity! from 2009 is silly, goofy and pretty groanworthy. But it is unpretentious and is, after all, aimed at very young children. David Tennant plays Mr Peterson, the nice new supply teacher at a chaotic school whose kids are keen to enter the Song for Christmas competition, encouraged by their crazy teaching assistant, Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton). But they're up against some nasty poshies from the nearby independent school, led by uptight Mr Shakespeare (Jason Watkins). The pupils are given loads of kids-say-the-funniest-things dialogue, there's the traditional "audition montage" and the whole thing is like a particularly unsubtle panto. Jessica Hynes has a nice cameo as the fading pop star Angel Matthews, who presides over the X Factor-style final. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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