As well as lots of Aardman movies showing on the TV over Christmas, there’s even more to get excited about over the festive season as BBC One is broadcasting a special documentary to celebrate Aardman’s 40th anniversary!
Airing at 2.25pm on Boxing Day, ‘A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman’ takes a nostalgic look at Aardman’s multi award-winning films, TV shows and commercials, and includes contributions from a host of famous faces, including David Tennant, Hugh Grant and Martin Freeman.
With a voice-over by comic actress Julie Walters, the documentary features all of Aardman’s best loved characters, including Morph, Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and the Creature Comforts gang.
Famous fans from the world of TV, film and animation share their best moments and experiences of working with Aardman – hear from Pixar’s John Lasseter, Justin Fletcher (the voice of Shaun the Sheep) and actors who have lent their vocal talents to Aardman productions, such as Omid Djalili who played Trumper in the Shaun the Sheep Movie, and Hugh Grant, (Pirate Captain in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!)
The documentary kicks off a year of celebrations in 2016, when Aardman will celebrate its 40th birthday, and invites fans to take a look behind the scenes of a world-class animation studio, which began life in Bristol back in 1976. As Aardman co-founder David Sproxton explains:
“When we arrived in Bristol in 1976 with our clockwork cine camera there was a total of three television channels for the British audience to watch. Although we were lucky enough to have a small contract with BBC Children’s Television we never imagined our two man outfit would develop into a major studio of international repute. It’s been an extraordinary journey, even if it is one we’ve taken one frame at a time.”
You can also catch Morph in another BBC documentary, ‘From Andy Pandy to Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children’s Television’ on BBC 4 at 9pm on 21st December, plus a new Shaun the Sheep special, The Farmer’s Llamas, airs on Boxing Day at 6.10pm on BBC One.