Mimi and the Mountain Dragon – an exciting Christmas special for BBC1
Books, Screen, Television, Illustration

An animated adaptation of Sir Michael Morpurgo’s children’s story Mimi And The Mountain Dragon produced by Leopard Pictures and Factory is to have its television premiere this Christmas on BBC 1. Based on original illustrations by Emily Gravett and adapted for the screen by novelist, poet, and playwright, Owen Sheers, Mimi and the Mountain Dragon is a story about a village that quakes in fear of the mighty Mountain Dragon. The (1×25’) story will be narrated through classical music in an original score written by Oscar award-winning composer, Rachel Portman (The Little Prince) and performed by the BBC Philharmonic featuring singers from the Hallé’s family of choirs. It forms part of a wider literature focus on the BBC in 2019-20 and also aims to introduce children to more classical music. Michael Morpurgo said: “What a team BBC Music have put together. There is music by Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman, a script by Owen Sheers, the great Welsh poet (so he knows a thing or two about dragons!) and with magical drawings from the supremely talented Emily Gravett. I can’t wait to see it!”