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Bosses at the UK's most successful Santa school are trying to help a group of unemployed men get back into work, starting with tough Santa training

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Bosses at the UK's most successful Santa school are trying to help a group of unemployed men get back into work, starting with tough Santa training

Series 1 Summary

Everyone deserves a chance to turn their life around, especially at Christmas. This warm-hearted series 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, 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.

  • Episode 1

    Ministry of Fun managing directors James and Matt draw up their Santa shortlist from a huge mix of 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. Which of them can wear a Santa costume with confidence? Who can perfect the art of a jolly 'ho ho ho'? Can they learn what the most popular Christmas toys are? And, most importantly, how will they deal with those tricky questions from children?

  • Episode 2

    James and Matt have trained up their Santa hopefuls; but which have been the most successful, and will the project help any of them secure regular employment?

Bad Santas synopsis

Bosses at the UK's most successful Santa school are trying to help a group of unemployed men get back into work, starting with tough Santa training

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