Shaun the Sheep has been given the green light for its first ever half hour long special.
Shaun the Sheep – The Farmer’s Llamas is due to premiere on BBC One in time for Christmas 2015 and will follow in the footsteps of other Aardman features, such as Wallace and Gromit A Close Shave.
In a partnership between Aardman Animations, BBC One, BBC Comedy Commissioning and WDR Germany, the feature will air on all Aardman’s partner channels across the globe following its BBC debut.
The new adventure will see the Farmer landing in a spot of trouble when he heads off to market to buy pigs. Owing no small part to Shaun, Farmer return with a trio of Llamas.
However, Shaun’s prank turns sour and it is soon up to him and his flock of friends to save the farm and the day.
“We are truly excited to be seeing the story of The Farmer’s Lllamas come to life and we hope our global fans will enjoy this fun new adventure as we delve deeper in to Shaun’s world,” said Alix Wiseman, head of sales and acquisitions at Aardman.
Kristian Smith, commissioning editor, comedy, added: “Aardman is the inimitable master of beautiful, funny, truly original animation which thrills all ages.
“BBC Comedy Commissioning is very excited to be working with them again to bring Shaun the Sheep in The Farmer’s Llamas to BBC1 for Christmas 2015.”
In addition, a further thirty episodes have been launched in the UK this year and continues to see success in Germany, the Middle East, Japan and Indonesia.
Shaun the Sheep The Farmer's Llamas will hit the small screen in 2015 and will follow the cinematic debut of Shaun and the flock in the first Shaun the Sheep Movie.