Meet Virgin TV's Christmas Stars

Virgin TV will broadcast a primary school’s Christmas play this festive season after they won the Christmas Stars competition to find the UK’s best primary school play.

Carlisle’s Pennine Way Primary School scooped the top prize and their production of ‘Robin Hood Saves Santa’ was professionally filmed and is being shared with four million Virgin TV customers across the Christmas period.

Students from Pennine Way Primary School in Robin Hood Saves Santa

Stephen Mulhern joined the cast of the play as narrator in front of a live audience of family and friends for the live recording. The play tells the story of the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham who plots to capture Santa to stop him from delivering Christmas gifts and joy to the people. Santa’s last hope rests with Robin Hood and his band of merry girls, who have to pull off a daring rescue mission to free Santa so he can spread festive cheer.

“These schoolchildren are true Christmas stars and I had a blast narrating their feel-good festive play which Virgin TV customers will love watching over the holidays,” Stephen Mulhern said.

Students from Pennine Way Primary School in Robin Hood Saves Santa

Sue Blair, head teacher at Pennine Way Primary School, added: “We are beyond excited to have won Virgin Media’s competition. This is an unbelievable opportunity – when our lives would we ever get the opportunity to let the children experience making a ‘real life’ film and get to meet a ‘real life’ famous person?

“It’s a wonderful way to acknowledge the talents of our staff and children alike. Thanks Virgin Media!”

Students from Pennine Way Primary School in Robin Hood Saves Santa

Pennine Way Primary School fought off tough competition from schools across the UK, with entries ranging from traditional nativities to modern takes on fairy tales and plenty of stories featuring Santa.

A panel of judges that included members of Virgin Media’s Executive Committee, Stephen Mulhern, and Lisa Prime, BAFTA Children’s Events Programmer, made the decision from a final shortlist of entries and praised the highly creative and imaginative submissions.

Students from Pennine Way Primary School in Robin Hood Saves Santa

As well as getting the chance to work with Stephen Mulhern, Pennine Way Primary School walked away with £5,000 for the school, a runner up – Ladywood School in Bolton – receive £1,000 and 22 schools were awarded £100 for making it to the final stage of the competition.

Virgin TV customers can watch Robin Hood Saves Santa via on-demand from December 20th until December 31st 2018.

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