NEWS and pictures drop into my in box overnight about a new Wallace and Gromit TV film.
Trouble At’ Mill is a half hour adventure for BBC1 – the first since A Close Shave in 1995.
It features the cheese-loving inventor and his dog running a bakery business called Top Bun and a “who-doughnut” murder mystery.
Lancashire-born creator Nick Park has co-written the story, with filming due to start in January for screening in late 2008.
It’s great news for fans of the duo, especially those like me who never quite took to their big screen outings.
“I love making films for the cinema but the production of Chicken Run and Curse Of The Were-Rabbit were virtually back-to-back and each film took five years to complete,” says Nick.
“Trouble At’ Mill will be so much quicker to make and I can’t wait to get back into production,” adds the four-times Oscar winner.
The new film reunites Nick with the well-named writer Bob Baker, who co-wrote both The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave.
Wallace and Gromit’s house is now a granary, complete with a “patent-pending” windmill on the roof.
Although business is booming, Gromit is concerned by the news that 12 local bakers have disappeared in one year. He soon realises it’s a matter of “loaf and death”.
But a distracted Wallace can’t see the danger. He’s “dough-eyed” in love with local beauty and bread enthusiast Piella Bakewell.
No stranger to being the toast of the town himself, Nick has also recorded a video announcement, which you can watch here.
You’ll hear him promise regular blog updates on the production, before confessing: “I don’t know what blogs are, really.”
Scroll down for more pics – including another one from the pre-production storyboard.
Also check out the online photo gallery here.
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Nick Park: IMDB