Comedy Cinema At Christmas – This Week – Nativity!

Welcome to the sister article to Comedy Clicks! Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best comedy films that the world of cinema can offer! All this month we will be looking at Christmas films, today is Nativity!

About the Film

Summary of Plot

An uptight but secretly heartbroken primary school teacher’s little white lie about Hollywood coming to see his class’ nativity play grows like wildfire in his rag-tag school low on self-esteem. iMDB

Year Of Release


Running Time

1 Hour 45 Minutes


Debbie Isett

Gross Worldwide




Martin Freeman – Paul Maddens
Marc Wootton – My Poppy
Jason Watkins – Gordon Shakespeare
Ashley Jensen – Jennifer Love
Pam Ferris – Mrs Bevan
Alan Carr – The Critic

Song From the OST


  • Most of the film is improvised, with the producers telling the actors what would happen in the scene, and the actors acting it out, with no script.
  • When Mr Maddens and the children are running in Hollywood Studios, it can be seen they are actually on location in Hollywood, as the set for fictional medical drama, Greys Anatomy, can be seen.
  • Nativity was shot in Coventry during the summer. The local inhabitants decorated the streets to make it look more Chistmassy
  • Debbie Isitt got the idea for the film after watching her daughter’s school nativity play. Her daughter has a small part in the film.
  • The children were all recruited from an open casting call in the Midlands in the UK. None of them had acted before.
  • Debbie Isitt played Mary in her school nativity when she was seven years old. Her sister was Mary the year before and her other sister was Mary the year after.

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