Actor Matt Berry to battle Cowell and co with aptly-titled 'Christmas song'

The Mighty Boosh‘s Matt Berry will battle the winner of this year’s X Factor to be Christmas Number One.

Berry, who has also starred in the TV comedies The IT Crowd and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, has recorded his own festive track ‘Christmas Song’, which he has invited fans to make their own contributions to at Absolute Radio. He will then release the track as a CD single on December 4, with sales to be donated to the homeless charity Shelter.

The actor told the London Evening Standard: “My aim is to release a single that a whole bunch of people, young and old, can say they were a part of. We’d like school choirs, and any kind of instrument to be on there.”

He then went on to add:

I think it’s a unique project, and a Christmas Number One would be great.

His campaign has already drawn support from fellow comedian Simon Pegg, who said on Twitter: “It’s for Shelter too as opposed to Simon Cowell‘s toxic stockpile.”

Shelter‘s director of fundraising Tracy Griffin, meanwhile, added: “Any money raised will go towards ensuring that Shelter can reach more people who need our help to stay in their homes this Christmas.”

A fan campaign to get Nirvana’s classic track ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to the Christmas Number One slot ahead of the eventual X Factor winner has also been launched this year.