Lupus Films has announced that Channel 4 has commissioned the new hand-drawn animated special they are co-producing with HarperCollins Children’s Books UK, of Judith Kerr‘s The Tiger Who Came to Tea, which will air this Christmas.
This new animated special will see a team of artists bring to life Judith Kerr’s vivid illustrations in Lupus Films’ distinctive, hand-drawn animated style.
Robin Shaw will direct the film and Joanna Harrison has written the screenplay based on the book. Robin and Joanna co-directed Lupus Films last Channel 4 special, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, which was the channel’s most watched programme of 2016 with over eight million viewers over the festive period.
Written by Judith Kerr OBE, who celebrated her 95th Birthday last June, The Tiger Who Came to Tea has sold over five million copies since it was first published in 1968. The book was inspired by Judith’s daughter Tacy. The story of Sophie and her extraordinary, stripy tea-time guest has enchanted generations of children and has become a timeless classic.
Caroline Hollick, Channel 4 Head of Drama said: “The Tiger who came to Tea was one of my favourite books as a child, and I loved reading it to my own children when they were small. I’m thrilled that Channel 4 is bringing this beloved book to life this coming Christmas, so we can enjoy it all over again, as well as introduce the story to a whole new audience.”
“We are delighted to bring Judith Kerr’s iconic and much-loved children’s book to our screens,” said Chloe Tucker, Commissioning Executive, Channel 4 Drama. “The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a timeless classic, and we hope this film will capture the same special place in every family’s imagination watching it.
“This will be real a Christmas treat, created by the wonderful Lupus Films, who created We’re Going on a Bear Hunt for us and whose hand-drawn animation is perfect for bringing classic children’s books to life.”
Ruth Fielding, producer and co-founder of Lupus Films said: “We are delighted to be creating a new animated film for Channel 4 using our unique hand-drawn style. This timeless tale, with huge cross generational appeal, is the perfect literary classic to adapt for a seasonal special when the whole family can come together to watch it. We cannot wait to bring Judith’s delightful illustrations to life in animation and have assembled an exceptional team to do so”.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea was commissioned by Caroline Hollick, Channel 4 Head of Drama and Chloe Tucker, Channel 4 Commissioning Executive, Drama. Produced by Lupus Films’ founders Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding together with Ann-Janine Murtagh, Katie Fulford and Mia Jupp at HarperCollins Children’s Books, and directed by Robin Shaw (Co-Director We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Assistant Director The Snowman and The Snowdog).
The book has been adapted for the screen by Joanna Harrison (Co-Director We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Co-Writer and Art Director The Snowman and The Snowdog).
UPHE Content Group is managing the international TV distribution, home entertainment and theatrical rights to the special.
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