Here's another don't miss show to add to your viewing schedule this Christmas! BBC One is broadcasting a special documentary in the UK on Boxing Day to celebrate Aardman's 40th anniversary. 'A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman' takes a nostalgic look at Aardman's multi award-winning films, TV shows and commercials, and includes contributions from a host of famous faces, including David Tennant, Hugh Grant and Martin Freeman.
With a voice-over by comic actress Julie Walters, the documentary features all of Aardman's best loved characters, including Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Morph and the Creature Comforts gang. The programme will also feature some never-before-seen Wallace and Gromit animation!
Famous fans from the world of TV, film and animation share their best moments and experiences of working with Aardman - hear from Pixar's John Lasseter, Justin Fletcher (the voice of Shaun the Sheep) and actors who have lent their vocal talents to Aardman productions, such as Omid Djalili - who played Trumper in the Shaun the Sheep Movie - and Hugh Grant, Pirate Captain in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
The documentary kicks off a year of celebrations in 2016, when Aardman will celebrate its 40th birthday, and invites fans to take a look behind the scenes of a world-class animation studio, which began life in Bristol back in 1976. As Aardman co-founder David Sproxton explains:
"When we arrived in Bristol in 1976 with our clockwork cine camera there was a total of three television channels for the British audience to watch. Although we were lucky enough to have a small contract with BBC Children's Television we never imagined our two man outfit would develop into a major studio of international repute. It's been an extraordinary journey, even if it is one we've taken one frame at a time."
The documentary will be shown on BBC One at 2:25pm on Boxing Day. Don't forget you can also catch another Aardman special on the channel later in the day, too - Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas will be on at 6.15pm! It's going to be a great day for TV!