With the Christmas schedules for this year now locked, we have the first piece of news about what will be hitting screens for Christmas 2019. Warwick Davis (Harry Potter), Gemma Arterton (Watership Down), Richard E. Grant (Hang Ups), Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones) and Julie Walters (National Treasure) are set to star in Master Mole, a thirty minute animated Christmas special.
In Master Mole, hidden deep below Windsor Castle, an ancient magical book has slept for a thousand years. Legend tells that the Mystical Manual of Moley Magic awaits a chosen mole to bring peace between humans and moles. Master Moley dreams of the day that he may become the chosen one, but years pass and the book remains silent. The moles are fearful of the humans – rarely venturing into the great above, till one day, the mysterious book awakens.
In the Castle, the Queen is preparing for a Christmas celebration, while the moles below host their own special ceremony. Wise Elder Moles from around the world gather to select a mole to become the keeper of the magical book. Master Moley, meanwhile, sets off on his own adventure, to pick a rose from the Queen’s garden and win the heart of Mona Lisa. This simple act will change not only his life, but the future of all moles.
Master Mole was created by James Reatchlous, who originally devised ‘The Adventures of Master Mole’ as bedtime stories for his two daughters more than two decades ago. The animated special is produced by Nottage Productions and was adapted for television by Ricky Roxburgh and Arthur Landon. Leon Joosen is the director, with animation by Cosmo-Giantwheel. Signature Entertainment has boarded the production and will serve as the international distributor. At present there is no UK broadcaster attached.
“Signature is delighted to be working alongside Nottage Productions to bring this adorable new franchise to the world stage”, said Signature Entertainment’s Chief Operating Officer Jon Bourdillon. “Master Moley’s potential is infinite; the timeless appeal of an endearing little mole full of optimism has resulted in a delightful new children’s brand with enduring appeal. Master Moley is on track to become our newest national treasure.”