BBC One is continuing their relationship with Magic Light Pictures. The BBC’s flagship channel has commissioned the production company to produce an adaptation of Zog And The Flying Doctors, based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, for their 2020 Christmas schedule.
Magic Light has produced festive Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler adaptations for the BBC’s Christmas schedule for the last several years, Past adaptations include The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room On The Broom, Zog and The Highway Rat. This year’s adaptation is The Snail And The Whale.
In Zog And The Flying Doctors Pearl and Gadabout are now a flying doctor trio, caring for creatures including a mermaid, a unicorn and a sneezy lion. However when bad weather forces them to land at the palace, Pearl is locked up by her uncle, the king. Zog and Gadabout try to set her free. However when their attempts fail, Pearl has to come up with the best way of all to regain her freedom.
The adaptation, which is a follow-up to 2018’s Zog, is being produced by Magic Light Pictures, with animation services being provided by Giant Animation in Dublin. Sean Mullen is the director, while Magic Light’s Michael Rose and Martin Pope will serve as producers. No word on whether not not any of the voice cast from Zog will reprise their roles in the follow-up.
“BBC One will be home to another favourite Donaldson and Scheffler adaptation for Christmas 2020, once again continuing our collaboration with the award winning Magic Light Pictures on the fabulously original sequel to the best-selling Zog – Zog And The Flying Doctors”, said the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore, who acquired the adaptation for the BBC alongside BBC Drama Commissioning Editor Tommy Bulfin.