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Magic Light Pictures, the multi-Oscar nominated production company, is bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story of a love which overcomes divisions, The Smeds And The Smoos, to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for Christmas 2022.

The all-star cast will see double Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins as Narrator, joined by Adjoa Andoh as Grandmother Smoo, Bill Bailey as Grandfather Smed, Meera Syal as Aunt Smed and Rob Brydon who will be returning for his tenth Magic Light film as Uncle Smoo, Ashna Rabberu as Janet 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.

The films have become firm fixtures in the Christmas schedules. Last year Superworm, which aired on BBC One on Christmas Day and starred Olivia Colman and Matt Smith, was the third most watched programme with eight million viewers (30-day all-screen figures).

The book is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Together Julia and Axel are the UK’s number one picture book creators.

The Smeds and The Smoos is being directed by Daniel Snaddon (The Snail And The Whale; Zog) and Samantha Cutler, from a script by Julia Smuts Louw.


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