BBC One is getting back into business with Magic Light Pictures, the indie behind animated hits The Gruffalo and Room On The Broom.
The channel has greenlit a one-off adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s kids book Stick Man, and a two-part adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, both of which are being produced by Magic Light Pictures. Stick Man is eyed for a key slot on BBC One’s Christmas schedule in 2015, while Revolting Rhymes will follow in Christmas 2016.
Stick Man is described as a witty and emotional story about a ‘stick man’ who has to get home to his family in time for Christmas. The 30 minute adaptation is being produced by Magic Light Pictures co-founders Martin Pope and Michael Rose. It will be directed by Jeroen Jaspaert and co-directed by Daniel Snaddon, with animation taking place at Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town, South Africa.
“Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s books offer wonderful stories for adaptation, and we’re thrilled to be collaborating with Julia, Axel and BBC1 for the fourth time”, said Michael Rose.
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes is a two-part adaptation, each part running 30 minutes, which retells classic fairy stories such as Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk with some extremely surprising results. Martin Pope and Michael Rose are serving as producers, while the BBC’s Head of Independent Drama Poly Hill will executive produce. Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh will direct.
“We’re delighted to be bringing Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes to BBC One. Dahl is one the world’s favourite storytellers and Quentin Blake’s drawings are inspirational”, said Magic Light Pictures co-founder Martin Pope. “We look forward to bringing these films to a BBC1 audience.”