Parlour games, feasting, punch on the stove, cuddling babies and panto
SETTLING down with the family to watch one of Julia Donaldson’s beautiful children’s books being brought to life has become a Christmas staple. In recent years The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child,
Room on the Broom, Stick Man and The Highway Rat have all graced our television screens. The sixth book to be adapted is Zog, a tale about a keen but accident-prone dragon who gets himself into mischief while learning how to fly, roar, breathe fire and fight knights at Dragon School.
He is tasked with capturing a princess. Written by Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the half-hour animated special will be voiced by a stellar cast including Sir Lenny Henry as the narrator, Tracey Ullman as Madame Dragon, Hugh Skinner as Zog, Patsy Ferran as Princess Pearl and Kit Harington as Sir Gadabout.
Here Donaldson, 70, who moved with her husband Malcolm from Bearsden to Sussex in 2014, talks about what it is like to see her creations on TV and her plans for the festive season.
AND ANN WIDDECOMBE WILL SPEND CHRISTMAS