Adjoa Andoh and Benedict Cumberbatch announced for Christmas animation of Mog
A brand new Channel 4 adaptation of Mog's Christmas has been announced, with an impressive array of names set to lend their voices.
The animated special sees the beloved family moggy have a cat-themed Christmas dream after getting trapped on the roof, and will be released to mark the centenary of author Judith Kerr's birth.
Among the cast members announced are Bridgerton's Adjoa Andoh as the narrator, and Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch and The Crown's Claire Foy as Mr and Mrs Thomas.
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Also on board are Harry Potter's Miriam Margolyes and Paddington 2's Maggie Steed as the Aunts, The Marvels' Zawe Ashton as Mrs Gaynor, The Fast Show's Charlie Higson as the Jolly Uncle, Doctor Who's Gareth Berliner as the Chestnut Seller, as well as newcomers Amelie Law and Teddy Skelton as children Debbie and Nicky, while Kerr's daughter Tacy Kneale will provide the purrs for Mog.
The special comes from the team behind The Tiger Who Came to Tea, with Robin Shaw and Joanna Harrison set to direct and write, respectively.
The special's synopsis reads: "Mr and Mrs Thomas and their children Debbie and Nicky are busy making preparations for Christmas. With two Aunts and a jolly Uncle also staying in the house, Mog, the beloved family cat, is feeling a bit ignored.
"When Mr Thomas and the two children arrive home with an enormous Christmas tree, Mog takes fright and scrambles onto the roof for safety. Regardless of the Thomas family's attempts to rescue her, Mog doesn't manage to come down.
"Despite everyone's fears, Mog has a magical night in the snow with a cat-themed Christmas dream.
"The next morning on Christmas day, when a hungry Mog hears the mention of breakfast, she falls down the chimney and arrives in the kitchen to the surprise and relief of all the family. At last Mog has everyone's attention, and a Happy Christmas is had by all!"
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Gwawr Lloyd, drama commissioning editor at Channel 4, said: "We are utterly delighted to be bringing Mog to screen with our partners. It is the perfect Christmas tale full of fun and adventure with a star-studded cast including Claire Foy as Mrs Thomas and Benedict Cumberbatch as Mr Thomas.
"Channel 4 has a long-standing relationship with Lupus Films and together with their creative flair we have brought so many classic stories to the screen that have been enjoyed by generations of viewers.
"Judith Kerr's much-loved Mog will be a great addition to this collection and a really special festive treat for the audience."
Mog's Christmas will air on Channel 4 later this year.
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