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Film to teach story of Christmas
It's a Boy image of the Angel Gabriel
The Angel Gabriel is one of the animated characters in the film
An animated film is being sent to primary schools throughout the UK to teach children the Christmas story - and that Jesus is not a swear word.

Christian charity the Breakout Trust said It's a Boy was created after a child asked why Mary and Joseph had named their baby after a swear word.

Comedian Joe Pasquale and actor Steven Berkoff are among those providing the voices for the 30-minute film.

The soundtrack is performed by Sir Cliff Richard.

Quails-eye view

The Breakout Trust will send a copy of the film and a teaching pack to all 26,000 UK primary schools.

Author Steve Legg said: "When I heard about the boy asking why Jesus Christ was named after a swear word, that really hit me.

"There are more than 12m children in the UK and only 756,000 of them go to church regularly.

"That leaves a staggering number who don't and are probably not receiving basic Christian teaching."

He said it was not an attempt to "ram religion down people's throats" but to ensure a basic level of teaching in schools.

The film tells the story of Jesus' birth from an original viewpoint - through the eyes of three quails.

The quails are captured by King Herod and mount a bid to escape to follow Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to warn them the king is looking for their baby.

The film is being premiered at a cinema in London's Leicester Square on Sunday and will be sent to schools in December.

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