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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.

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The all-star cast will see double Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape Of Water) as Narrator, joined by Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton) as Grandmother Smoo and Bill Bailey (Strictly Come Dancing champion) as Grandfather Smed.

Also joining the cat are Meera Syal (Roar) as Aunt Smed and Rob Brydon (Gavin And Stacey) who will be returning for his tenth Magic Light film as Uncle Smoo, Ashna Rabheru (Sex Education) as Janet and Daniel Ezra (All American) 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 Smeds And The Smoos will air this Christmas on BBC One.


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