The latest Wallace And Gromit outing comes to BBC One this Christmas
This Christmas Wallace And Gromit fans will be treated to the duo's latest adventure in the BBC One premiere of A Matter Of Loaf And Death.
After the incredible success of Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, Nick Park is pleased to be returning to the 30-minute format.
"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," he says.
"A Matter Of Loaf And Death will be so much quicker to make. I'm delighted to be back into production and back with BBC One with Wallace and Gromit.
"Over the years the BBC has been incredibly supportive of Wallace and Gromit, this film feels like their homecoming."
The new film reunites Nick Park with writer Bob Baker who co-wrote both The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave.
Sally Lindsay (Coronation Street) will be the voice of Piella Bakewell, alongside Peter Sallis who voices Wallace.
In this new masterpiece, viewers will catch up with Wallace and Gromit, who have opened a new bakery – Top Bun.
Business is booming, not least because a deadly Cereal Killer is targeting all the bakers in town and so competition is drying up.
Gromit is worried that they may be the next victims but Wallace couldn't care – he's fallen head over heels in love with Piella Bakewell, former star of the Bake-O-Lite bread commercials.
So Gromit is left to run things on his own when he'd much rather be getting better acquainted with Piella's lovely pet poodle Fluffles.
Before long Gromit makes a shocking discovery which points to the killer's true identity. Can he save his master from becoming the next baker to be butchered? And does Fluffles know more than she is saying?
It's a classic "who-doughnut" mystery, as four-time Academy Award-winning director Nick Park creates a hilarious new masterpiece in the tradition of the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock.
Commenting on the new film, Controller, BBC One, Jay Hunt said: "I am delighted Wallace and Gromit will be part of our Christmas schedule on BBC One. A Matter Of Loaf And Death is just the sort of unmissable family entertainment that epitomises the channel at its very best."
A Matter Of Loaf And Death is an Aardman Animations production for BBC One, and was commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction.
Notes to Editors
The BBC is proud of its long and fruitful relationship with Aardman Animations.
David Sproxton's and Peter Lord's talents were first seen on BBC One in 1975 as a 20-second animated cartoon in the childrens' programme Vision On.
In 1976, Aardman Animation was born and, one year later, David and Peter created Morph, a Plasticine character featured in Take Hart.
Nick Park's Wallace and Gromit was introduced to BBC Two viewers in 1993 in the Academy Award-winning The Wrong Trousers, and Aardman's first post-watershed production Rex The Runt was broadcast on BBC Two in 1998 to critical acclaim.
Chicken Run was broadcast on Christmas Day 2002 to an audience of 9.61 million, and in BBC Three's launch year of 2003, Angry Kid gained an ardent following, as did the BBC Three "Blobs".
Younger viewers are currently enjoying the adventures and mishaps of Shaun The Sheep on CBBC.
Aardman is a world leader in model animation, and the production company behind such favourites as Shaun The Sheep, Creature Comforts and the feature Curse Of The Were-Rabbit which topped box office charts in the UK and the US and won many awards including a BAFTA for Best British Film and an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.