After their sojourn into the cinemas with The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Wallace and Gromit are back in their natural 30-minute film format with a Christmas Day outing, A Matter of Loaf and Death (the working title, Trouble At t’Mill, being presumably too dialect-dependent to sell well).
As usual, Peter Sallis provides the voice of Wallace, while Gromit lets his eyebrows do the talking. They are joined by the voice of Sally Lindsay (Coronation Street, Scallywagga) as new love interest, Piella Bakewell. And there may be a whiff of romance in the air for Gromit, too…
From the BBC programme information:
Wallace and Gromit fans are in for a special treat this Christmas as BBC One airs the premiere of the duo’s latest adventure, A Matter Of Loaf And Death.
After the incredible success of Wallace And Gromit - The Curse Of The Were Rabbit, which can also be seen over the festive period, Nick Park returns with a new, 30-minute episode and is reunited with writer Bob Baker, who co-wrote both The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave. Sally Lindsay (Coronation Street) guest stars as the voice of Piella Bakewell, while Peter Sallis continues to provide the voice of Wallace.
In this new masterpiece, viewers catch up with Wallace and Gromit who have opened a new bakery called Top Bun. Business is booming, not least because a deadly “cereal killer” is targeting all the bakers in town and competition is drying up. Gromit is worried that they may be the next victims but Wallace doesn’t care - he’s fallen head over heels in love with Piella Bakewell, former star of the Bake-O-Lite bread commercials. So Gromit is left to run things on his own when he’d much rather be getting better acquainted with Piella’s lovely pet poodle, Fluffles.
Before long, Gromit makes a shocking discovery which points to the killer’s true identity. Can he save his master from becoming the next baker to be butchered? And does Fluffles know more than she is saying? It’s a classic “who-doughnut” mystery, as four-time Academy Award-winning director Nick Park creates a hilarious new masterpiece in the tradition of the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.
- Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death BBC1, Christmas Day 8.30pm