Michael Morpurgo’s books are enjoyed and celebrated by thousands of readers. Many of Michael’s stories are re-told in different ways, from stage performances and blockbuster films, to concerts with his wonderful words set to music. Michael supports many charities and always finds the time to meet his fans at special reading events.
Tuesday, 16th December 2014
Wayne Rooney, Philipp Lahm, Hugo Lloris, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Gareth Bale tell the story of the 1914 Christmas truce in the words of the men on the front line in a powerful UEFA film scripted by Michael Morpurgo.
The four-minute clip brings to life the extraordinary events in Flanders 100 years ago, when, on a cold December evening, soldiers on both sides of the battle lines lowered their arms, started singing Christmas carols and – significantly – played football together.
The words of ordinary soldiers’ letters home about the extraordinary moment of togetherness are read out by current football stars Rooney, Lahm, Lloris, Schweinsteiger and Bale, with further contributions from Sir Bobby Charlton, France coach Didier Deschamps, former German international Paul Breitner and UEFA President Michel Platini.
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A spectacular family animation based on Michael Morpurgo’s picture book, this half hour special captures the Christmas story from the viewpoint of an adventurous young shepherd boy who is taken on a secret, enchanted night-flight to witness the Christmas miracle.
A limited number of signed copies of Shadow: The Collector’s Edition are available to buy online. You’ll also receive a special WW1 commemoration poster with your order!
This major new musical adaptation of the international hit War Horse, created by the National Theatre for the BBC Proms is broadcast on BBC Two on Boxing Day at 17.25.
This special performance about the Christmas truce, takes place at Saint Martin’s Cathedral in Ypres. Narrated by Michael Morpurgo and Virginia McKenna and music by The Voices at the Door.