Christmas just got a bit more magical after BBC announced The Gruffalo will star in its new holiday animations.
A new series of ‘idents’, those short clips you see promoting the channel, will feature Julia Donaldson’s beloved forest creature and a host of other cartoon characters.
The Beeb said it hopes the festive features will ‘capture the warmth and glow of Christmas time.’
In one ident, The Gruffalo and his daughter, named The Gruffalo’s Child, will decorate their lovely Christmas tree.
Another will feature Zog, Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout, characters in this year’s BBC Christmas animation Zog and the Flying Doctors.
The animations will debut on Sunday after Strictly Come Dancing: The Results.
The BBC’s chief content officer Charlotte Moore said she hoped they ‘will make everyone smile and bring a big dose of festive cheer and togetherness at the end of a tough year’.
Martin Pope, co-founder of Oscar-nominated production company Magic Light Pictures, said: ‘It’s particularly wonderful to have created these extra animations this Christmas and we’re delighted to share them with BBC audiences.’
The announcement comes days after the network announced its Christmas TV line-up, which has something to please the whole family.
John Barrowman will return as Captain Jack Harness for the eagerly-anticipated Dr Who special Revolution of the Daleks, also starring Jodie Whittaker as the imprisoned Doctor, who must rely on her three best friends (Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill) to battle the Daleks on her behalf.
Viewers looking for a laugh will love the return of the Vicar of Dibley, which will come back for three 10-minute specials.
And if you’re feeling crafty, comedian Joe Lycett has just the thing for you. He’ll be hosting The Great British Sewing Bee Christmas special, where eight sewers try to impress judged Esme Young and Patrick Grant.
It’s sure to be an entertaining holiday season.
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