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Aardman Xmas exclusive for BBC

February 6, 2020

By Nik Roseveare

The BBC is continuing its long-standing relationship with animation studio Aardman for a 2021 Christmas special that will air on BBC One.

In the half hour special, A Winter’s Tale From Shaun The Sheep (working title), Shaun’s seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings for the flock inadvertently leads to Timmy going missing.

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, commented: “Aardman lovingly produce stories with warmth, personality and humour, so we are truly delighted that, following the huge success of The Farmer’s Llamas, the next project in our continuing relationship is another wonderful Shaun the Sheep special.”

Sean Clarke, Managing Director of Aardman, added: “Aardman films have come to be synonymous with the festive period, which is a real honour. We’re delighted to be continuing this tradition with a Shaun the Sheep seasonal special that will premiere on the BBC for Christmas 2021.”

The half hour special will start shooting at the end of this year.

The story of A Winter’s Tale From Shaun The Sheep comes from Giles Pilbrow and Mark Burton with the script also written by Pilbrow. It will be directed by Steve Cox produced by Richard Beek and the Executive Producers are Mark Burton, Sarah Cox and Carla Shelley.

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