Wallace & Gromit return for BBC One adventure
James R | On 20, Jan 2022
Wallace & Gromit are getting back together for one more outing, with BBC One teaming up with Aardman for the stop-motion film.
From the creative mind of Nick Park, the untitled reunion for the man and his dog – the first Wallace & Gromit film since 2008’s A Matter of Loaf and Death – will focus on Gromit’s concern that Wallace has become over-dependant on his inventions, which proves justified when Wallace invents a “smart gnome” that seems to develop a mind of its own. As events spiral out of control, it falls to Gromit to put aside his qualms and battle sinister forces or Wallace may never be able to invent again.
The Beeb has a long and successful relationship with Aardman and this announcement follows the success of the latest Shaun the Sheep caper The Flight Before Christmas which aired on BBC One over the festive period. The new film will be unwrapped on the BBC for Christmas in 2024.
The film will premiere on the BBC in the UK and on Netflix in the rest of the world. It will be directed by Nick Park (creator of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun The Sheep) and Merlin Crossingham (Creative Director, Wallace & Gromit and Animation Director, Early Man) with the story written by Nick Park and Mark Burton (Madagascar, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, Shaun The Sheep Movie). The screenplay is by Mark Burton. It is produced by Claire Jennings (Wallace & Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit and Coraline).
Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Chief Content Officer, says: “It’s incredibly exciting to be taking British audiences on a cracking new adventure with Wallace & Gromit and to be continuing our long relationship with Aardman and Nick Park following the success of Shaun the Sheep this Christmas.”
Sean Clarke, MD of Aardman, adds: “Wallace and Gromit are so loved by everyone at Aardman – they’re like family to us, and we couldn’t be more excited to be creating a brand-new film for them to star in. When Nick came up with the concept for a ‘smart gnome’, we all agreed that Wallace would find the idea irresistible – despite warnings from Gromit, who is wise beyond his (dog) years. We’re sure audiences will find the story irresistible too.”