A Hallmark Channel Christmas movie set in London has finished production. Jolly Good Christmas, which stars Reshma Shetty and Will Kemp, will premiere during Hallmark Channel’s 2022 Countdown to Christmas lineup.
“Officially joining @hallmarkchannel Countdown to Christmas,” Kemp wrote in a post on Instagram.
“So the script is so cute, and it was honestly such silly fun to shoot,” Shetty wrote. “And come on, it’s premiering during Hallmark’s Christmas movie countdown. And we are both cute.”
Hallmark Channel Christmas movie in London
According to a synopsis from the network, Kemp plays David, an American working for a prestigious architectural firm in London. Three days before Christmas, he is buying a gift card for his girlfriend when he meets Anji (played by Shetty). A professional shopper, Anji is unimpressed with David’s choice of a gift card. When they run into each other again, she agrees to help him find the perfect gift for his girlfriend.
A spokeswoman for Hallmark said the film will give viewers a chance to experience London at Christmastime.
“We can’t wait to transport our viewers ‘across the pond’ for this special, holiday adventure,” said Samantha DiPippo, senior vice president of development and programming for Crown Media Family Networks. “We’re thrilled to have been able to feature famous sites and set our story against the unique backdrop of London at Christmastime.”
Hallmark has set several Christmas movies in Europe, including Crown For Christmas, Christmas at the Palace, and A Royal Christmas. However, these films were all made primarily in Bucharest, Romania. Christmas in Rome, starring Lacey Chabert, was shot on location in Italy and Romania, as was Wedding Veil Unveiled, a rom-com that premiered last year.
About the stars
A native of Manchester, England, Reshma Shetty has appeared on the TV shows 30 Rock, Happyish, and CSI: Miami. From 2009 to 2016 she played Dr. Divya Katdare on Royal Pains. Christmas in London is her first Hallmark movie.
Will Kemp starred as Henry Stuart in the TV series Reign. He has appeared in a number of Hallmark productions, including Royal Matchmaker (2018), Love, Romance & Chocolate (2019), and The Christmas Waltz (2020).
No release date has yet been oven for Jolly Good Christmas.