BBC preps documentary on Aardman Animations

A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman goes behind the scenes at the British animation studio best known for such stop-motion TV series and films as Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run.
December 9, 2015

The BBC is lining up a Christmas special about Aardman Animations, the animation studio behind Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run.

A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman will premiere on BBC1 on December 26. ¬†Narrated by actor Julie Walters, the doc was produced by the pubcaster¬†and goes behind the scenes of the studio’s film, TV and advertising work.

It will feature bespoke versions of characters Wallace, Gromit and Morph that have been created especially for the project, as well as interviews with famous fans such as Matt Groening, Hugh Grant, Jane Horrocks, Billy Nighy, Terry Gilliam, Omid Djalili, Anne Reid and Martin Freeman.

Established in 1976 by David Sproxton and Peter Lord, Aardman is best known for producing clay stop-motion animation. The company later moved into computer animation in 2006 with Flushed Away. Chicken Run – released in 2000 – is the highest-grossing stop-motion feature of all time.

BBC1 will air the doc alongside the new 30-minute special Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas.

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