GenreFamily, Drama Running time1h 14m ScreenplayAlex Shearer LanguageEnglish
Release date24 December 1999 WriterAlex Shearer (screenplay), Alex Shearer (novel) CastDervla Kirwan (Mum), Elizabeth Earl (Livvy), Holly Earl (Angeline), Peter Capaldi (Mr. Whiskers), Ricky Tomlinson (Santa), Brian Blessed (Mr. Scottley) Similar moviesHolly Earl appears in The Greatest Store in the World and Possession
The greatest store in the world brian blessed dervla kirwan peter capaldi 1999
The Greatest Store in the World is a book by Alex Shearer and later made into a telemovie which was broadcast on 24 December 1999. The TV movie is usually shown a few times at Christmas on CBBC. It was filmed in the famous toy store in London, Harrods.
The story is told in flashback by Livvie (played by Elizabeth Earl), a bright young girl who is in police custody on Christmas Day . As she is questioned, she reveals that since several days previously, she and her equally resourceful mother Geraldine (Dervla Kirwan) and little sister Angeline (Elizabeth's sister Holly Earl) have been living in a department store called "Scottley's" since their camper van blew up. As the story progresses, the family deal with outsmarting staff, in particular Brian (nicknamed Mr. Whiskers) (Peter Capaldi) the friendly but suspicious doorman, icy deputy manageress Ms. Greystone (Helen Schlesinger) and Santa (Ricky Tomlinson) and Elf (Sean Hughes), oversleeping in the tent in which they live, a guest appearance from S Club 7 in an advertising stunt by Mr. Scottley (Brian Blessed), trying to find alternate housing, the Staff Party, and finally, on Christmas morning a burglary organized by Ms. Greystone, Santa and Elf. They are invited to live with Scottley and Geraldine marries Brian.