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Public star in BBC Aardman shorts

March 8, 2024

The BBC is set to broadcast six short films as part of its Things We Love campaign, which provide an insight into some of the UK’s favourite BBC content.

In the series of animated films, genuine BBC audience member’s voices and unscripted conversations are matched with stop-motion clay characters, created by celebrated studio, Aardman. The dialogue in the films is the audience members’ own descriptions of things they love on the BBC.

The three 30 second films available now include:

  • A family of Casualty, BBC News and Sport mad hamsters from Port Talbot in Wales;
  • A family of foxes from Birmingham who can’t get enough MasterChef; and
  • A father and son canine duo from Paisley near Glasgow who want to Race Across The World together.

The next three films representing other parts of the UK will be released later this spring.

The families in the films were found through the BBC’s audience engagement programme, which interviews hundreds of people across the UK every year on their views about the BBC.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer, commented: “We have a long standing relationship with Aardman, and as ever their brilliantly distinctive creative flair is stamped all over these charming films. I think Aardman have perfectly captured the essence of the affection we know audiences across the UK feel for our programmes, and I hope they make everyone smile.”

Sarah Cox, Chief Creative Director at Aardman, added: “Aardman is very proud of our long-standing relationship with the BBC, so, we were delighted to revive our much-loved Creature Comforts’ format for its Things We Love campaign. The magic and joy of this type of animation is that all the dialogue is unscripted and selected from real conversations with members of the public from across the UK – and that’s where so much of the warmth and the humour and the storytelling comes from. The interviews inspire the Claymation animal character scenarios. We hope that viewers love these new creatures as much as we do.”

The first three films will broadcast on BBC One before The One Show on March 8th, and will appear across the BBC throughout 2024. The films will also run in cinema, on YouTube and across social media.

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