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Olivia Colman to lend voice to Channel 4's We're Going on a Bear Hunt


Story by Jack Foley

BROADCHURCH star Olivia Colman is to lend her voice to the role of mum in Channel 4’s animated adaptation of the classic children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Michael Rosen, who wrote the best-selling bedtime book, will play the Bear.

The keenly-anticipated half-hour special is due to air this Christmas (2016) and is being produced by the makers of The Snowman and The Snowdog.

The children’s classic, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, follows the adventures of five siblings and Rufus the dog who go off in search of bears.

Joining Colman and Rosen on the production will be Call The Midwife‘s Pam Ferris and Harry Potter’s Mark Williams as Grandma and Dad.

Commenting on the casting announcement, Camilla Deakin, producer for Lupus Films, who are making the film for Channel 4, said: “Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams are wonderful actors with highly distinctive styles and we’re delighted that they are joining us for this timeless adventure, along with Michael Rosen who makes a very convincing bear.”

Colman, meanwhile, said she immediately felt drawn to the project and the role of the children’s mother.

“What appealed to me about the story is the bond the family have – they care for, and look after, each other,” she said. “Another wonderful aspect of the story is that it’s kids enjoying a natural adventure with their imaginations, fresh air and the wilderness.

“I love that they commit to their adventure…I would like to go with them!”

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