Claymation versions of Dr. Who, Sherlock and Luther appear in this charming animated film from the BBC, which kicks off today as a trailer for its Christmas programming on flagship channel BBC One.
It's the tale of 'Sprout Boy' an unloved Brussels sprout, a sort of vegetable ugly duckling who's turned away everywhere he goes. A baker, woodcutter and toymaker give him short shrift. However, finally the welcoming BBC stars (who aso include Will.i.am, Graham Norton and Mary Berry) give him a place at their table. Dr. Who actor Peter Capaldi narrates in his distinctive gruff Scottish tones.
Sixty and forty second trails will run on BBC One throughout the festive season. The film is by RKCR/Y&R and was directed by animation veterans Smith & Foulkes, through Nexus.
Coincidentally, BBC rival Sky also chose to play on the nation's love/hate relationship with Brussels sprouts in its own Christmas ad, in which a little girl dives into various Sky Movies to dispose of her sprouts. Just what have these veggies done to TV marketing execs in 2015?