(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).