Monday, 22nd December 2014
Children’s author Michael Morpurgo shares the vision behind the animated adaptation of his Christmas story, On Angel Wings on the BBC TV Blog.
The Christmas story is a story one knows so well, almost too well because very often it’s so familiar that we have stopped listening. So I thought, tell it in a different way, bringing new life to the story but keeping to the spirit and above all, the integrity of it.
Traditional stories are the foundation of all storytelling. I love them because they have lasted through the centuries and love the idea that stories listened to 2000 years ago are as compelling now as they were then.
Read the full blog article online
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.
Visit the UEFA website for more information
Saturday, 13th December 2014
On Angel Wings is a spectacular family animation based on Michael Morpurgo’s picture book and is being shown at 4.15pm on Christmas Eve on BBC One. The 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.
From the Producer, Iain Harvey, and Director, Dave Unwin, who gave us Father Christmas and War Game, the team at Illuminated Films (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, War Game, Little Princess), open up this magical tale for audiences of all ages and creeds.
Watch the trailer for a glimpse of this special Christmas treat.
Thursday, 4th December 2014
Today Michael Morpurgo appeared live on Blue Peter to announce the Blue Peter Book Awards Shortlist where he was also presented with the CBBC show’s highest accolade, the gold Blue Peter badge, for inspiring millions of children with his books.
Michael Morpurgo said of the accolade:
“Since I’ve spent a great deal of my life, first as a child, then father and grandfather, and as a teacher and finally as someone writing stories for children, it is the highest honour and greatest pleasure to be awarded a Gold Blue Peter Badge by the most iconic children’s programme in the country, a programme that has always had the interest, talent, creativity and welfare of children at its heart. It is good to be at the heart of all that with those children and with Blue Peter. I shall wear it with pride.”
The Blue Peter Book Awards, which are celebrating their 15th year, are special as they ask children to choose the winners. Approximately 200 children from 10 schools across the UK will read the shortlisted books and vote for their favourites in each category. The two winning books will be announced on the Blue Peter programme scheduled for World Book Day on 5 March 2015.