Revealed: The star names in latest Nativity film; you could be forgiven for doing a double-take when spotting a large festive tree in coventry city centre... but you're not going mad, it's the start of filming for nativity 4.
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THE Chase star Bradley Walsh and Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood are starring in the latest Nativity movie which is being filmed in Coventry.
Once again written and directed by Coventry's Debbie Isitt, Nativity Rocks is being shot at various locations in Coventry and the surrounding area over the next five weeks.
It will be released in the UK and Ireland on November 23.
Nativity Rocks! returns the franchise back to its roots, and back to St Bernadette's Primary School as the staff and students work together to win the coveted prize of Christmas Town Of The Year by performing a spectacular rock music-themed nativity.
Celia Imrie reprises her role as headmistress Mrs Keen, starring alongside a host of British talent including Simon Lipkin, Daniel Boys, Helen George, Hugh Dennis, Anna Chancellor, Ruth Jones, Meera Syal, Bradley Walsh and Craig Revel Horwood.
A Christmas market complete with giant Christmas tree has been set up outside Coventry Cathedral, and filming was also due to take place in Warwick Avenue, Earlsdon, yesterday.
Nativity Rocks is the fourth instalment of the series, following Nativity in 2009, Danger In The Manger in 2012, and Dude, Where's My Donkey in 2014.
Coventry Cathedral was the backdrop for a lot of the first film, with pupils from Bablake and Holy Family schools featuring in the movie as two rival schools battled it out to put on the best nativity play.
Scenes were also shot at Coombe Abbey, Spon Street, Kenilworth, Hatton Farm, and even the offices of the Coventry Telegraph.
The latest film is being produced by Nick Jones through Mirrorball Films, Alex Hamilton, co-president of Entertainment One (eOne) films, said: "Wonderful, inclusive popular cinema for children of all ages, the Nativity films are made outside of the London industry bubble and away from the preoccupations of the metropolitan middle classes which dominate so much of our film culture.
"Here's to Debbie, Nick and their team for creating a true cultural phenomenon for audiences the length and breadth of the country.
"We're especially excited to be going back to Coventry this Christmas, back to the roots of where it all began."
The filming of the final scenes of the first Nativity film in the Cathedral ruins and (below) Coventry director Debbie Isitt
The Christmas tree near Coventry Cathedral and a parking restriction notice advising of the start of filming
Nativity Rocks! stars Bradley Walsh (left) and Craig Revel Horwood