Sky1 is continuing their push into family drama.
The satcaster has given the greenlight to Fungus The Bogeyman, a new adaptation of the classic children’s book by Raymond Briggs, TVWise has learned.
The series, which is eyed for a berth on the channel’s Christmas 2015 schedule, follows the titular character as he menaces and frightens those on the surface as Bogeymen and have always done. Fungus and his son Mould must journey through the maze of life on the surface, while also discovering the highs and lows of their father and son relationship.
Sky’s adaptation will consist of four-hour long episodes, penned by Tom MacRae, which will comprise of both live action and animated elements. The project is set up at Imaginarium Studios and Double Negative’s TV division DNeg TV. Ben Evans is set as the producer, while Chloe Sizer and Jonathan Cavendish will executive produce. The Hour and Downton Abbey helmer Catherine Morshead is attached to direct. Sky Vision will handle global sales.
“I’m beyond excited that Sky 1 and Imaginarium Studios will be bringing the Raymond Briggs’ classic Fungus the Bogeyman squelchingly up to date as a top quality, ambitious and joyous family treat for our customers”, said Sky1 Director Adam MacDonald, who commissioned the series alongside Head of Drama Anne Mensah and Commissioning Editor Cameron Roach.
Fungus The Bogeyman is the latest commission as part of Sky’s continuing investment in original drama, with family programming being a key aspect of said investment. Other family friendly scripted efforts picked up by the satcaster in recent years include Moonfleet and Yonderland, which has been renewed for a second season.
This is also the latest attempt made by a UK broadcaster to adapt the classic kids book in recent years. The BBC previously ordered a three-part adaptation of Fungus The Bogeyman, which aired in 2004, starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), Fay Ripley (Suspects), Charlie Hicks (The Catherine Tate Show) and Clare Thomas (The Sarah Jane Adventures).