By Karen Clark
Nick Park’s Oscar winning animation Wallace and Gromit returns to the BBC in a half hour episode titled A Matter of Loaf and Death.
The programme will be one of the major attractions in the BBC’s schedule this Christmas and sees our heroes running a successful bakery called Top Bun. Unfortunately there is a “cereal killer” on the loose set on destroying all the local bakeries and Gromit fears that Wallaces’ life is in danger.
However, Wallace may be preoccupied with a new lady character called Piella Bakewell who is voiced by ex Coronation Street star, Sally Lindsay. As always the voice for Wallace is veteran actor Peter Sallis.
The short film was recently screened in London and Park commented on what it’s like to work with the BBC again, “In a way, it was like a homecoming really. It was nice to be back with the BBC.”
Wallace and Gromit were first brought to our screens in 1993 on BBC2 with a short film entitled The Wrong Trousers and then again in 1995 viewers were treated to A Close Shave. Both shorts won Oscars for Best Animated Short.
Park has also made two feature films about the hapless inventor and his canine companion both of which were a huge success. However, after taking four years to complete each film, Park seems quite content to return to the half hour format. He said, “I have done two feature films back to back. Each one has taken at least four years to do. I felt I wanted to get ideas out quicker, and a half hour format seemed a lot more humane.