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Year: 2009
UK: E1 Films
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen, Mark Wooton, Pam Ferris, Alan Carr, John Sessions, Rhydian Jones, Jason Watkins, Ricky Tomlinson, Ben Wilby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Amelia Tyler, Jesus de Miguel, Katie Maguire, Llewella Gideon, Rebecca Maguire
Director: Debbie Isitt
Country: UK
UK: 106 mins
UK Certificate: U contains no material likely to offend or harm
UK Release Date: 27 November 2009


Mr Maddens (Martin Freeman) is a frustrated, under-achieving primary school teacher. His long time adversary Gordon Shakespeare (Jason Watkins) teaches at the posh independent school nearby. Every year the two schools are embroiled in a bitter rivalry to achieve a 5-star review from the local paper for their nativity play. Maddens' class always comes runner up - the story of his life.

Irritated by his rival's arrogance, Maddens makes an idle boast to Shakespeare that this year, his school's show-stopping musical has attracted the attention of his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lore (Ashley Jensen) - who happens to be a big time Hollywood producer. They want to make a movie starring his kids... Hollywood is coming to Coventry!

Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity, at the centre of quarrelling parents, dishonest teachers, and a mayhem of over-excited children and rampaging animals. But as Coventry turns into Tinseltown, the big question remains... Will Jennifer bring Hollywood to town to make all their dreams come true?

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