Monday, 7.30pm, ABC1 With his picture on billboards all over the place as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, Martin Freeman may seem the man of the moment. If you can look past a lacklustre appearance on The Graham Norton Show last week, Freeman has distinguished roles in the The Office and in the films Love Actually and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to his credit. He also appears as the star of this feature-length Christmas television extravaganza, which first appeared in 2009. Freeman plays Paul Maddens, a frustrated, under-achieving primary school teacher who once had ambitions of being successful as an actor, producer or director. We first meet him, his long-time adversary Gordon Shakespeare (Jason Watkins) and his girlfriend Jennifer (Ashley Jensen, Ugly Betty, Extras) back in their final acting days together, performing as elves in some soul-destroying Christmas panto. This is where the disillusionment that led the men to become teachers and Jennifer to move to Hollywood (on the day Paul had determined to propose to her) set in. Back in the present, Paul has swapped his actor’s togs for life as a primary school teacher. Every year his school competes with a local private school to see who can produce the best nativity play. Naturally his old pal Gordon teaches at the other school, and every year Gordon and his brats score the five-star review from huffy critic Patrick Burns, a role custom made for Chatty Man Alan Carr. Through some bogus bragging gone wrong and overheard, there is talk of Paul’s lousy nativity play being made into a Hollywood film by Jennifer, who has become a successful producer in America. A good-natured Christmas-themed 90-minute romp.