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Superworm wiggles in to be Christmas 2021 TV hit

Superworm is the ninth TV adaptation of a Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler title for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

A staple of the Christmas schedule on BBC One, this year’s Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler TV adaptation will be Superworm.

The latest Magic Light production will be the ninth TV adaptation of a title from the duo for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The annual Magic Light Pictures films have become firm fixtures in the Christmas schedules. In the lead up to last Christmas, original festive idents featuring The Gruffalo and Zog book-ended shows on BBC One.

Zog and the Flying Doctors – which aired on Christmas Day 2020 and starred Sir Lenny Henry and Rob Brydon – secured seven million viewers in all-screen +30day figures.

A voice cast headlined by Oscar winning actress Olivia Colman as narrator and Matt Smith as the hero, will be bringing Superworm to life. They are joined by Patricia Allison (Sex Education) as Butterfly, and Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey) as the Crow, with other cast to be announced later in the year.

“The Donaldson and Scheffler adaptations are a lynchpin of the Christmas schedule and we’re thrilled to be collaborating with them and the award-winning Magic Light Pictures again this year,” said Tommy Bulfin, commissioning editor for BBC Drama. “I can’t wait for audiences to fall in love with Superworm, who is super-long and super-strong.”

Martin Pope, co-Founder of Magic Light Pictures, added: “We’re delighted to be making Superworm for BBC One. It’s a lovely comedy. Superworm’s a brilliant central character, who has great friends who will ultimately triumph over the wonderfully entertaining villain, in this delightful story based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.”

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