The Highway Rat

Orange Eyes

TV Programming

England

2017

Total project grant (euros)

171,562

Percentage of budget funded

12.5%

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

MEDIA

Funding scheme

TV Programming

Call number

23/2016

Call publication date

23 Sep 2016

Application deadline

25 May 2017

Result publication date

25 Oct 2017

UK release date

25 Dec 2017

The Highway Rat is an animated half-hour Christmas special, based on the children’s picture book of the same name, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The programme is produced by Magic Light Pictures, the same team behind popular MEDIA-funded shows such as The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom.

Airing on Christmas Day on BBC One in 2017, the special features David Tennant, Rob Brydon, Nina Sosanya, Tom Hollander and Frances de la Tour as a motley crew of animal characters.

Image credit: UK producers Orange Eyes received a TV Programming grant for their adaptation of The Highway Rat. Image courtesy of BBC.

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