Zog, by Julia Donaldson (author, pictured) and Axel Scheffler (illustrator), is coming to BBC1 this Christmas

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical children’s story Zog will be the big animated treat on BBC1 this Christmas.

Zog, which has also been adapted for the stage, follows a loveable young dragon who’s trying to find his way in a magical, but tricky world.

The animated half hour – which could well be shown on Christmas Day, although this is still to be announced – is being directed by Max Lang, the Oscar nominated director of Room on the Room and The Gruffalo, also by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Another of their stories, The Highway Rat, was a huge hit last Christmas. The Highland Rat, voiced by Doctor Who star David Tennant and comedian Rob Brydon, was watched by six million viewers on Christmas Day last year.

Highway Rat 4.4pm BBC1 Christmas Day

The Highway Rat was a big hit last Christmas

Michael Rose, Co-Founder, Magic Light Pictures says: “It’s wonderful to be bringing this amazing Donaldson/Scheffler title to BBC1 following The Highway Rat’s success. Zog is a tremendous character in a world of dragons, princesses and knights, an adventure the family can all enjoy watching together.”

Zog was first published in 2010 and has sold over 1.5 million copies.

We will update this story when the BBC reveal the time and date Zog will be shown over Christmas.

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