NA­TIV­ITY 2: DAN­GER IN THE MANGER!

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM LISTINGS - Di­rected by Deb­bie Isitt. Star­ring David Ten­nant, Jes­sica Hynes, Marc Woot­ton

With Martin Free­man safely hob­bit­ing on the other side of the world, it falls to Mr Poppy (BBC3 reg­u­lar Woot­ton) the first in­stal­ment’s ter­tiary, sub­nor­mal side­kick, to come off the bench and make armpit noises. Ten­nant joins the panto crew as a pair of war­ring twin brothers fac­ing off at an X Fac­tor- in­spired Christ­mas sin­ga­long. We are not re­minded of Kind Hearts and Coro­nets. This isn’t a cast, it’s a pe­nal bat­tal­ion, and the film is as “fun” as the zany ex­cla­ma­tion point sug­gests. G cert, gen re­lease, 105 min TB

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