The EastEnders actor will touch on the situation in Westminster and Donald Trump in the broadcast from 3.50pm on Christmas Day.

“That shambles down in Westminster, what a palaver that is,” he says before going on to note that “there’s been more backstabbing than we have in Albert Square.”

“It ain’t any better for the Yanks though is it, ya 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.”

On a more positive note, Danny raises a glass to the heroes of 1918 to mark both 100 years since the Armistice of World War I and the victory in the fight for the women’s vote.

“That’s what I think we need more of, heroes, role models. If we need anything for 2019, it’s for each of us to find who we look up to. Could be your mum, could be your dad, your stepdad, your Nan, teacher, social worker. Maybe even a handsome roguish actor off your favourite soap.”

He goes on to talk about playwright Harold Pinter, describing him as “a father figure I didn’t even know I needed,” who taught him “that where I came from didn’t dictate where I went to” and he’s tried to pass this message on. “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 hash tags to remind us that no means no.”

He signs off with a thoughtful reflection,“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.”

“We’re thrilled to have Danny Dyer delivering this year’s Alternative Christmas Message. From his colourful views on Brexit to his hilarious and moving appearance with daughter Dani on Celebrity Gogglebox, when Danny speaks, people listen. His message is full of wit, heart and just the right amount of Dyer attitude.” – Tom Beck, Head of Live Events and Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at Channel 4

Channel 4 has broadcast its alternative to the Queens annual address to the nation since 1993 with both serious and lighter subjects over the years.

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