Kelsey Grammer

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Kelsey Grammer

UK production is underway on MSR Media’s comedy Father Christmas Is Back with John Cleese, Liz Hurley, and Kelsey Grammer.

Covid-19-safe principal photography has begun in York on the story about a control freak, Caroline Christmas, who organises a seasonal celebration with her sisters at her country manor when their long-lost father turns up on Christmas Eve with his girlfriend and a secret is revealed.

MSR Media founder Philippe Martinez and Mick Davis are co-directing from a screenplay by David Conolly and Hannah Davis Law and Dylanne Corcoran, based on an original idea by Martinez.

The ensemble cast includes Nathalie Cox, Talulah Riley, Kris Marshall, Caroline Quentin, April Bowlby, Ray Fearon, and Naomi Frederick.

Martinez and Alan Latham from Highfield Grange Studios are producing Father Christmas Is Back.

Kirsty Bell from Goldfinch serves as executive producer alongside Lee Beasley, and Karinne Behr from MSR Media.

Cox and Grammer recently completed principal photography on MSR Media’s Miss Willoughby And The Haunted Bookshop in York.

MSR Media International is handling worldwide sales.