BBC One Orders Animated ‘Stick Man’ Adaptation, Martin Freeman, Hugh Bonneville & More To Star

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Martin FreemanBBC One has ordered Stick Man, a half-hour animated adaptation of the kids book of the same name which hails from Room On The Broom production company Magic Light Pictures. The one-off special will air on BBC One this Christmas.

Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Stick Man tells the story of the eponymous character who lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children. The story follows Stick Man as he goes an epic adventure across the seasons and is taken further and further from home, as he runs from a playful dog, gets thrown in a river, escapes from a swan’s nest and even ends up on top of a fire. Will he get back to his family in time for Christmas?

Magic Light pictures has lined up an all star cast for the special with Martin Freeman (Sherlock), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Russell Tovey (Looking), Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey) and Sally Hawkins (The Hollow Crown) lending their voices to the production. Martin Freeman is playing Stick Man, while Hugh Bonneville has been set as Santa, and Jennifer Saunders will voice the Narrator.

Hugh BonnevilleStick Man is the fourth animated adaptation of a Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler kids book that Magic Light Pictures has produced for the BBC in recent years; following in the footsteps of The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and, most recently Room On The Broom. The special was acquired for the BBC by Controller of Drama Poly Hill and directed by Jeroen Jaspaert. Daniel Snaddon is the co-director, while Michael Rose and Martin Pope serve as the producers.

“We‘re delighted that so many fabulous acting talents have committed to this project. Their vocal performances make the characters come alive and have inspired the entire animation process”, said Michael Rose and Martin Pope, executive producers and co-founders of Magic Light Pictures. “Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s wonderful books offer amazing material for adaptation, and we’re thrilled to be collaborating with both of them and the BBC for the fourth time.”