Channel 4 in the U.K. will charm viewers over the Christmas holiday with Lost and Found, an animated adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ book of the same name. The half-hour special from Contender Entertainment Group and Studio AKA will premiere at 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and will repeat at 12:30 p.m. on Boxing Day.
Lost and Found is a magical tale of friendship that revolves around a little boy who one day finds a penguin on his doorstep. At first, the boy doesn’t know what to do, but soon becomes determined to help the penguin find his way back home by rowing a small boat all the way to the South Pole. Along the way, he discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all. The program is narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent, and features a score by composer Max Richter.
Published by Harper Collins, the bestselling book was released in 2005 and won the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestle Gold Prize. Jeffers’ story has been adapted for the screen by by director Philip Hunt and the team at animation shop Studio AKA. The studio most recently produced animated commercials for Lloyds TSB, and its short film Jo Jo in the Stars won the BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film and the prestigious Cartoon d’Or at Cartoon Forum.