EastEnders star Danny Dyer will deliver Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Message, and will say that Westminster has seen “more backstabbing than in Albert Square”.
In a clip released by Channel 4, the actor sits at a festively decorated table, sipping tea from a royal wedding mug with the faces of Prince Harry and Meghan.
Offering his views on the state of the country’s leadership, Dyer says: “That shambles down in Westminster, what a palaver that is. I mean, where are our leaders? Where are they? There’s been more backstabbing than we have in Albert Square.”
He doesn’t mince his words on the US President either, referencing Donald Trump’s cancellation of a visit to a a cemetery in France last month “due to the weather”:
“It ain’t any better for the Yanks though, is it, you know. What an absolute melt they’ve got there. He don’t want to turn up to memorials because it’s raining. He don’t fancy a little trip to Britain because there’s people here that just don’t like him. Leave off.”
Mr Trump is not the first political leader to feel the wrath of Dyer, who earlier this year called David Cameron a “t**t” on national television.
Dyer launched a diatribe against the former prime minister while appearing as a guest on ITV’s one-off show Good Evening Britain, and gave him a tongue lashing over the EU referendum and Brexit.
An unlikely role model
Dyer will also “call for more heroes and role models”, and reveal a few of his personal ones including playwright Harold Pinter, who died in 2008.
He says: “My dad… he weren’t around when I was a kid. And er… you know, I love him and that, I don’t blame him.
“I was brought up by my Mum and my Nan, and they were brilliant women, and they worked their socks off for me, but I was angry, and I got into trouble, you know. I had the Old Bill round my gaff every five minutes. I was a wrong ‘un.
“And no-one knew how to help me. And then one day I found a father figure I didn’t even know I needed.”
He goes on to say that Pinter “became the most influential man in my life” who taught him “that where I came from didn’t dictate where I went to”.
‘I ain’t no saint’
“I teach my girls they can be who they want to be, and I try and teach my boy to be a good man.
“Now don’t get me wrong, I ain’t no saint, you know, I can do better. I think we can all do better. And as dads, we can’t stop trying to do better until there’s no need for hashtags to remind us that no means no.”
He signs off saying: “Life can get a little stressful and we might get on each other’s nerves a bit, but remember how much there is to be proud of, to be grateful of, and get yourself a Harold, you know, if you can. Merry Christmas, my loves.”
An alternative Christmas message has been broadcast by Channel 4 since 1993 and last year’s was delivered by child survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Previous messages have been delivered by the parents of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, Sharon Osbourne and even The Simpsons’ Marge Simpson.
The alternative Christmas message will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Christmas Day at 3.50pm.