Channel 4 commissions We’re Going on a Bear Hunt TV special

Channel 4 has commissioned an animated TV special based on the popular illustrated children’s book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Produced by the makers of The Snowman and The Snowdog, the 30-minute special will air on Channel 4 in 2016.

“Going on a Bear Hunt is a magical book that will be brought alive for a whole new audience by Lupus Films," said Jay Hunt, Channel 4 chief creative officer.

Michael Rosen, writer of the book, added: “I am absolutely delighted that Channel 4 has commissioned this animation.

"Lupus have a great record in this field and I am very excited to be part of the project. Helen Oxenbury’s wonderful art work provides a powerful family saga, full of imagined or real trials and these pictures will give a basis for a moving Christmas drama.”

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was commissioned by Jay Hunt, Channel 4 chief creative officer, and Piers Wenger, Channel 4 head of drama.

Producers are Ruth Fielding and Camilla Deakin while Helen McAleer and Julia Posen are executive producers for Walker Productions. Joanna Harrison and Robin Shaw are co-directors.

Ruth Fielding, producer, added: “We’re delighted that Channel 4 have commissioned us to retell this classic story and bring to life its beautiful illustrations with our hand drawn animation style. We hope audiences will enjoy the film for many years to come.”

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