Wallace & Gromit will return to give audiences the ultimate Christmas present in 2024, after over a decade since the last special ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’ aired on BBC.
The mischievous pair are deemed as British cultural icons and are regular fixtures on festive TV schedules, with fans never boring of the repeats.
But there’s finally more to come, as the BBC has confirmed a new spin-off will come from the creative minds of Aardman, who are also the brains behind the beloved Shaun The Sheep.
For the first time, the broadcaster has teased details of what can be expected when Wallace & Gromit finally make a long-awaited comeback.
The as-yet-untitled new film focuses on Gromit’s concern that Wallace has become over-dependant on his inventions which proves justified when Wallace invents a “smart gnome” that seems to develop a mind of its own.
As events spiral out of control, it falls to Gromit to put aside his qualms and battle sinister forces or Wallace may never be able to invent again…
It follows the success of the Shaun the Sheep caper ‘The Flight Before Christmas’ which aired on BBC One over the festive period.
Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer said: ‘It’s incredibly exciting to be taking British audiences on a cracking new adventure with Wallace & Gromit and to be continuing our long relationship with Aardman and Nick Park following the success of Shaun the Sheep this Christmas.’
Sean Clarke, MD of Aardman, said: ‘Wallace and Gromit are so loved by everyone at Aardman – they’re like family to us, and we couldn’t be more excited to be creating a brand-new film for them to star in.
‘When Nick came up with the concept for a ‘smart gnome’, we all agreed that Wallace would find the idea irresistible – despite warnings from Gromit, who is wise beyond his (dog) years.
‘We’re sure audiences will find the story irresistible too.’
The Wallace and Gromit franchise is highly decorated, having won three Oscars for The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
It comes just a few months after Nick Park – who invented the characters – got the pleasure of unveiling a statue of the pair in his hometown of Preston.
Inspired by The Wrong Trousers film, the sculpture was installed by Preston Markets back in September.
Park said he was ‘absolutely gobsmacked’ it had ‘turned out so well’ adding: It’s very friendly, it’s full of humour.’
The film will premiere on the BBC in the UK, and on Netflix in the rest of the world.
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