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Jason Manford reveals surprising Christmas fact that 'broke my heart'

The comedian opened up about taking part in the festive competition 

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Emmy Griffiths
Emmy GriffithsTV & Film Editor
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Jason Manford is determined to bring Christmas cheer to the UK following lockdown this year by being the judge in Sky Cinema's new Elf Everything competition, particularly after reading a statistic which revealed that 23 per cent of the UK public don't have any Christmas spirit. 

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Chatting to HELLO!, Jason said: "There was something here the other day that said – and it broke my heart – it said 23 per cent of the country have no Christmas spirit, they just think it's a normal day... So I hope the advert and the competition itself gets people in the Christmas spirit." 

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This year we certainly need Christmas now more than ever, a sentiment Jason agrees with. Speaking about the second lockdown, the comedian said: "If you can't go shopping, to the cinema or to do with your kids, you know all that extracurricular stuff, and sport and even just going to the trampoline centre and doing all of that, it is really hard for them because they still don't understand what's going on." 

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Jason opened up about being on the Sky Cinema set 

He continued: "I'm quite a positive person really. I always find something to turn around and so naturally, when the call came and they said, 'Do you want to come and do some scenes from the film Elf I said, 'Absolutely, why wouldn't I?' 

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"What a fun thing to get involved in! Those were the best days I've had really, me and a bunch of people all eating spaghetti with syrup on it and riding around on tricycles and it was just all Christmas. Everywhere I looked, they'd really gone for it with the set and so it was a really, really fun day." 

Jason was speaking on behalf of Sky Cinema, which has launched a competition to celebrate Elf coming to Sky Cinema on 8th December. Enter now for the chance to win an Elf-inspired Christmas home makeover kit, £3,000 towards festive goodies and Sky Q for a year. For more details visit