Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FILM REVIEWS -

(U) THIS fourth in­stal­ment of the fes­tive com­edy se­ries sees Marc Woot­ton’s de­ranged teach­ing as­sis­tant Mr Poppy re­placed by mu­si­cal theatre star Si­mon Lip­kin as his long-lost brother Jerry.

The film opens with a Syr­ian boy called Doru (Brian Bar­tle) and his fa­ther (Ramin Karim­loo) ar­riv­ing in the UK.

Doru is sep­a­rated from his old man and ends up home­less in Coven­try Ru­pert Turn­bull as Barn­aby, Si­mon Lip­kin as Jerry and Brian Bar­tle as Doru where so­cial worker Miss Shelly (He­len Ge­orge) places him with a fos­ter mother (Meera Syal) and en­rols him at St Ber­nadette’s Pri­mary.

The stu­dents are au­di­tion­ing for a rock opera to com­pete in the Christ­mas Town Of The Year com­pe­ti­tion un­der direc­tor Em­manuel Cavendish (Craig Revel Hor­wood). TA Jerry Poppy (Lip­kin) takes Doru un­der his wing and en­cour­ages a friend­ship be­tween the refugee and wealthy boy Barn­aby (Ru­pert Turn­bull).

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