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Raymond Briggs: ‘Don’t call me the king of Christmas. I don’t like children, I try to avoid them’

As a version of Fungus the Bogeyman is about to hit our TV screens, the author explains why he hates the festive period

Next Sunday families across the UK will settle down to watch Sky One’s Christmas highlight, a three-part take on Raymond Briggs’s much-loved comic book Fungus the Bogeyman. It comes complete with special effects from Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium studio and a cast including Timothy Spall, Victoria Wood and Keeley Hawes. It is a clever, witty visualisation of Briggs’s slime-saturated world and one that will no doubt join those other Briggs classics The Snowman and Father Christmas as part of the annual festive viewing experience.

For the 81-year-old author, however, that reputation as the King of Christmas is a cross to bear. “In the book version of The Snowman, there’s no Christmas, there’s nothing Christmassy in Fungus, and Father Christmas is anti-Christmas,” he
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Television takes on film in the next chapter of children's book adaptations

Fungus the Bogeyman and Stick Man are latest book characters to go on the box

Adaptations of children’s and young adult literature are big news right now, both in film and, increasingly, on television. Mockingjay – Part 2, the climax of Lionsgate’s big screen adaptation of Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games books, arrives in UK cinemas this week, the BBC has just announced a small screen take on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, a new series of Jill Murphy’s much-loved Worst Witch books is in production and Christmas will see several children’s favourites on TV, from the BBC’s version of Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man to Sky1’s Fungus The Bogeyman, a series inspired by Raymond Briggs’s classic tale.

Yet with this host of adaptations comes an array of questions. Does TV allow more time to tell the story? Does film’s bigger budget make for a more involving tale?
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Fungus the Bogeyman – first look at the new version of Raymond Briggs's classic

Timothy Spall, Victoria Wood, Keeley Hawes and Marc Warren star in Sky1’s adaptation of the children’s story

Fancy a snotty Christmas? Timothy Spall and Victoria Wood are starring in Sky1’s new three-part version of Raymond Briggs’s story Fungus the Bogeyman, about a slimy creature who lives underground and spends his days scaring humans.

Spall is playing Fungus alongside Joanna Scanlan as Fungus’s Bogeywife Mildrew, with Victoria Wood as a “Dry Cleaner” who lives nearby, plus Keeley Hawes, Marc Warren, Paul Kaye and Andy Serkis as the narrator.

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Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn to voice animation 'Ethel & Ernest'

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Voice cast of Raymond Briggs’ adaptation also includes Luke Treadaway and Virginia McKenna.

Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn are to voice the lead characters of Ethel & Ernest, a new hand-drawn animated feature based on Raymond Briggs’ classic graphic novel and tribute to his parents.

Production is underway on the film, set for theatrical release in 2016, and the cast also includes Luke Treadaway as Raymond, Olivier award winner for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and star of Fortitude; Virginia McKenna (Born Free, A Town Like Alice), June Brown (EastEnders), Pam Ferris (Matilda), Simon Day and Roger Allam.

The film will also showcase the voice of 11-year-old Harry Collett as young Raymond, who provides the voice of Buzzbee in Disney Junior’s animated series The Hive.

Ethel & Ernest marks the feature debut of Roger Mainwood, who worked as an animator on Briggs’ classic short The Snowman and was lead animator on the 2012 sequel, [link
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The Muppets mockumentary TV series to air on Sky 1

ABC series to be broadcast in UK this autumn, along with Rob Lowe drama, Craig Cash comedy and Timothy Spall as Fungus the Bogeyman

Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the rest of the Muppets will be coming to Sky 1 this autumn in a new season of programmes that will include Rob Lowe drama You, Me & The Apocalypse, Craig Cash comedy After Hours and Timothy Spall as Fungus the Bogeyman.

The Muppets will return in a “mockumentary” series following the ups and downs of their everyday lives as they prepare to return for a new TV series.

Related: Still not easy being green? The Muppets return to TV for mockumentary series

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Bad news, Line of Duty fans: Keeley Hawes rules out a series 3 comeback

Keeley Hawes has ruled out a return to Line of Duty.

The second series of BBC Two's cop thriller ended with Hawes's character Di Lindsay Denton behind bars - and the BAFTA-nominated actress told Digital Spy that her commitment to Sky1's Fungus the Bogeyman adaptation rules out a return for the character.

For more from Hawes, including why she thinks her Ashes to Ashes co-star Danny Mays is a "phenomenal choice" to play AC-12's new nemesis, hit play on the video above.

Hawes was speaking to DS at the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards Nominees party.

She is nominated in the Leading Actress category at this year's TV BAFTAs, going up against Georgina Campbell (Murdered By My Boyfriend), Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) and Sheridan Smith (Cilla).

The 2015 House of Fraser BAFTA Television Awards will take place on Sunday, May 10.

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Timothy Spall, Keeley Hawes, Andy Serkis for Sky1's Fungus the Bogeyman

Timothy Spall will lead the cast of Sky1's Fungus the Bogeyman adaptation.

The actor will star alongside Keeley Hawes, Andy Serkis and Victoria Wood in the four-part series, which will air this Christmas.

Spall takes the title role, while Wood, Hawes and Marc Warren will play "dry cleaners".

Serkis has signed on as the narrator, while The Thick of It's Joanna Scanlan will play Fungus's wife Bogeywife Mildrew. Game of Thrones actor Paul Kaye will play the Bogeyhunter.

The popular tale has been adapted for television by Tom MacRae, who has previously worked on Doctor Who and Comedy Central's Threesome.

Spall said of his casting: "Fungus has brought joy to generations of children and I am so thrilled to be playing such a beloved character.

"It's great to be working with Sky again and the skilled folk at Imaginarium to bring Fungus the Bogeyman out of the
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Fungus the Bogeyman adaptation to star Timothy Spall and Victoria Wood

Sky1 four-part series of Raymond Briggs creation to also feature Keeley Hawes, Andy Serkis and Marc Warren

Timothy Spall, Keeley Hawes and Victoria Wood will star in Sky1’s new adaptation of Raymond BriggsFungus the Bogeyman, part of a big-name line-up including Andy Serkis and Marc Warren.

Spall will play the title role in the four-part adaptation of the story of the green slime-covered creature who lives underground, coming to the surface to scare humans.

Related: Fungus the Bogeyman resurfaces for Sky1 adaptation

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Fungus the Bogeyman resurfaces for Sky1 adaptation

Raymond Briggs’ children’s book to be remade as four-part series featuring mix of animation and live action that will be centrepiece of channel’s Christmas 2015 schedule

Fungus the Bogeyman is to be brought to back to life by Sky in a four-part adaptation of the Raymond Briggs children’s book.

The story of the green slime-covered creature who lives underground, coming to the surface to scare humans, will be a mixture of live action and animation. The series will be a centrepiece of Sky1’s Christmas schedule.

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Imaginarium to produce Fungus the Bogeyman

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Andy Serkis’ performance capture studio to produce with Double Negative for Sky.Imaginarium Studios, in partnership with Double Negative, is to bring Fungus the Bogeyman to life for a new 4 x 60-minute series.UK broadcaster Sky 1 has commissioned the adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ classic family story and will comprise both live action and animated elements to bring the bestselling children’s book to life.The series will debut this Christmas and w

Andy Serkis’ performance capture studio to produce with Double Negative for Sky.

Imaginarium Studios, in partnership with Double Negative, is to bring Fungus the Bogeyman to life for a new 4 x 60-minute series.

UK broadcaster Sky 1 has commissioned the adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ classic family story and will comprise both live action and animated elements to bring the bestselling children’s book to life.

The series will debut this Christmas and will be distributed internationally by Sky Vision.

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Fungus the Bogeyman TV series coming to Sky at Christmas

Raymond Briggs's classic family story Fungus the Bogeyman is getting a small screen makeover on Sky1 later this year.

Four hour-long episodes producer by Imaginarium Studios will air this Christmas, mixing live action with animation to bring the popular children's character to life.

The press release for the commission reveals: "This charming family adventure is a story of smelly monsters, dangerous humans and what happens when the things that go bump in the night move in next door.

"We follow Fungus as he goes through his paces, menacing and frightening those on the surface (the 'Dry Cleaners') as Bogeymen are meant to do and have always done. Unlike other Bogeyman, Fungus has to navigate his world colliding with our above ground world.

"Over the course of the four episodes Fungus and his son Mould journey through the maze of life on the surface, while also discovering the highs and
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