Channel 4 has commissioned Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Baby for December 2021 from Eagle Eye Drama and follows the dramatic appearance of a 14-foot tall Abominable Snow Baby.
Based on a short story from Father Christmas’s Fake Beard book, this story is set in an English town and the Snow Baby is shunned and feared by the local townsfolk until he is rescued by the indomitable Granny who alongside grandson Albert, welcomes him into her home, showering her new pet with love and affection, changing the town’s perception and helping the community overcome their initial prejudices.
Channel 4 has announced its star-studded line up for the animated Christmas special and it includes screen legend and comedy icon Julie Walters who will star as the voice of fearless ‘Granny’, Hugh Dancy will take on the role of her courageous grandson ‘Albert’ with narration from ‘Homeland’ star David Harewood.
Channel 4 Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick said: Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Baby is a magnificent, heart-warming, riotously funny story about love, courage and compassion. Witty, entertaining and deeply moving in equal measure, it captures the spirit of Christmas with Sir Terry’s unique charm.”
Eagle Eye Drama’s Chief Creative Officer Jo McGrathadded: “Sir Terry Pratchett rightly remains one of the world’s most read and passionately loved authors for readers of all ages and we are honoured to be working with Narrativia to bring this abominably brilliant story to life on screen for Channel 4 at Christmas. True to form, The Abominable Snow Baby is quirky, original and very, very funny and it’s a real coup for Eagle Eye to add this brilliant gem to its sparkling and expanding roster of animated tales.”
Created with traditional hand-drawn animation techniques to capture the timeless nature of Terry Pratchett’s story, The Abominable Snow Baby follows in the footsteps of other Christmas specials such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Quentin Blake’s Clown. Sky also recently announced ‘A Boy Called Christmas‘ special and BBC confirmed two more Call The Midwife Christmas specials.