Bad Santas on Channel 4 tonight!

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“Everyone deserves a chance to turn their life around, especially at Christmas.”

In a warm-hearted two-part series, concluding tomorrow, Bad Santas follows a group of unemployed men as they are taken through their paces at the UK’s most successful Santa School; but only the best will make it into the grottos in time for Christmas.

In true Christmas spirit, James Lovell and Matt Grist, Managing Directors of Ministry of Fun (MOF), are offering a unique opportunity to this carefully selected group of men, each of whom has had a difficult past and is looking for a fresh start. James and Matt want to give them the chance to regain their confidence and find employment. While working with the MOF, the men must attend Santa School and pass a number of challenges, from learning how to wear a Santa costume with confidence, to perfecting the art of a jolly ‘ho ho ho’, learning what the most popular Christmas toys are, and, most importantly, how to deal with those tricky questions from children.


This isn’t just a job for Christmas; James and Matt believe being Santa is the most rewarding role in the world and want to be able to offer the most successful Santas a job. But how many of the Santa hopefuls will pass the challenges to take on the role of every child’s favourite Christmas character? In the first episode James and Matt draw up their shortlist from a great range and mix of Santa wannabes, including men who are homeless, jobless, on the sick and even those who have had a brush with the law. The successful candidates will be put through some tough training before they are allowed to graduate as Santa.

Tonight, 9pm, Channel 4

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