After producing a series of shorts for Sky’s Sky Kids app, Tiger Aspect Productions has been commissioned to produce a thirty-minute Aliens Love Underpants AND… Christmas special for the satcaster’s flagship channel Sky One. After airing on Sky One, the special will available on all Sky’s on demand platforms including the Sky Kids app and NOW TV.
The Christmas special, titled Aliens Love Panta Claus, is based on the picture book of the same title written by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Ben Cort and published by Simon and Schuster. It sees the aliens giving away underpants because it’s Christmas. But when they realise they have a famous pair of underpants that could halt Christmas for everyone, they jump in to action to save the day and help Santa deliver all his presents by spaceship.
“We pride ourselves on bringing viewers more of the content they love and having seen the success of the Aliens Love Underpants AND… song shorts, it was a natural fit for us to commission a Christmas special with both our animated friends and the team at Tiger Aspect”, said Head of Sky Kids Lucy Murphy. “This is a joyously silly story with such lovable characters and we know the whole family will love it – and won’t be able to stop singing along.”
The cast assembled for the episode includes Matt Lucas (Doctor Who), Ashley Jensen (Agatha Raisin), Romesh Ranganathan (Yonderland), Joanna Page (Breathless) and Mathew Baynton (The Split). Matt Lucas and Ashley Jensen will play Santa Claus and Mrs Claus, respectively. Romesh Ranganathan, Joanna Page and Mathew Baynton will voice the aliens. Further casting will be announced at a later date.
The special is being penned by Henry Paker. David Schweitzer will score and compose the songs. Endemol Shine International is handling global sales. “With Santa Claus, spaceships, aliens and underpants, what more could you want from a Christmas special!”, added Tom Beattie, Head of Animation and Kids at Tiger Aspect. “It’s great news that we are able to bring such a fun story to life on Sky.”