BBC Commissions New Animation By Gruffalo Creator

The wrapping paper may only just have been collected from the far reaches of the sitting room floor, but the BBC is already planning its next big Christmas present to viewers.

From the imagination of Gruffalo creator, Julia Donaldson, comes Room On The Broom.

First published in 2001, this enchanting tale about a friendly witch who overloads her broomstick with passengers, will be brought to life by the BBC in time for Christmas 2012.

Her hugely successful book, The Gruffalo, was screened in 2009 featuring the voice of everyone’s favourite funny man, James Corden. The sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child was seen by 6.5 million viewers on Christmas Day.

Donaldson, who is also Children’s Laureate, has said she is “absolutely delighted” about the project.

She said: “I’ve just seen the latest storyboard version of the Room On The Broom animation and am absolutely delighted. As with The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child it remains very true to the text and illustrations and to the spirit of the book.

“I don’t usually say ‘roll on, Christmas’ in January, but this year is an exception.”

The cast for the film is yet to be announced but we’re hoping that Emma Watson/Daniel Radcliffe have nothing to do with it…