Magic Light Pictures is bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story of The Smeds And The Smoos and it will be aired on BBC One and BBC iPlayer for Christmas.
The all-star cast will see double Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins as Narrator, Adjoa Andoh as Grandmother Smoo, Bill Bailey as Grandfather Smed, Meera Syal as Aunt Smed, Rob Brydon as Uncle Smoo, Ashna Rabheru as Janey and Daniel Ezra as Bill.
On a far-off planet, two families always avoid each other. The red Smeds never mix with the Smoos, who are blue, so when a chance encounter allows young Smed Janet to become friends with Bill, a young Smoo, their families immediately try to stop it. But Janet and Bill sneak out to meet up secretly and as they grow up they fall in love. When their families find out they could not be more horrified. So the desperate Janet and Bill sneak away to escape in the Smed’s red rocket to explore the universe together. Realising they’ve lost their children, Grandmother Smoo and Grandpa Smed are compelled to work together to try to find the young couple. Can the two clans discover how to get along?
The film will be the 10th TV adaptation by Magic Light Pictures of a Donaldson/Scheffler title for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Last year Superworm, which aired on Christmas Day starring Olivia Colman and Matt Smith, was the third most-watched programme.