Julia Donaldson’s Zog comes to BBC One this Christmas
Sir Lenny Henry leads an all-star cast for Magic Light’s new animation
Magic Light Pictures is bringing the much-loved children’s picture book Zog to BBC One.
Written in 2010 by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creators of the modern classic The Gruffalo, this heart-warming and enchanting half hour animated special will be voiced by a stellar cast of British acting talent, featuring Sir Lenny Henry (as the narrator, Tracey Ullman as Madame Dragon, Hugh Skinner as Zog, Patsy Ferran as Princess Pearl and Kit Harington as Sir Gadabout.
Sir Lenny Henry said: "It's wonderful to have voiced the narrator in Zog for this Christmas. The story has a lovely lyricism to it and it's been really good fun seeing the beautiful animation come together. There's a cast of brilliant actors and the story is silly, and outrageous, and surreal, and I like all of those things!"
Zog is a keen but accident-prone dragon who gets himself into mischief whilst learning how to fly, roar, breathe fire and fight knights in his first four years at Dragon School. Each year he meets a kindly young girl who patches up his bumps and bruises, but can she help him with his trickiest challenge yet: It's Year Five, and he has to capture a princess!
Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC Drama said, "Magic Light Pictures are yet again promising the BBC audience a Christmas treat with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's brilliant story of a dragon and princess who both dare to be different. To have such recognisable and wonderful voices bringing the characters to life is very exciting indeed."