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Aardman Unveils Wallace & Gromit TV Film

Aardman International will be heading to MIPCOM with its much-anticipated forthcoming WALLACE AND GROMIT film, TROUBLE AT' MILL. The plasticine duo's new adventure will be a half-hour special made for TV, and Aardman will be looking for broadcast pre-sales in Cannes.

Currently in preproduction, TROUBLE AT' MILL will be shown on BBC One next year. Shooting starts in January, with delivery expected for Autumn/Christmas 2008. All production will take place at the Aardman studios in Bristol.

The film is being unveiled by Nick Park in an interview-style short film, available only on the Internet, that can be viewed exclusively at

Park said, "I love making films for the cinema, but the production of CHICKEN RUN and CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT were virtually back to back and each film took five years to complete. TROUBLE AT' MILL will be so much quicker to make and I can't wait to get back into production."

The new film will reunite Park with writer Bob Baker, who co-wrote both THE WRONG TROUSERS and A CLOSE SHAVE.

In TROUBLE AT' MILL, Wallace and Gromit have a brand new baking business with all the usual unusual gadgets. Although business is booming, Gromit is concerned by the news that 12 local bakers have "disappeared" this year. But Wallace isn't worried, because he's too "dough-eyed" in love with local beauty and bread enthusiast Piella Bakewell. While the two enjoy being the "Toast of the Town," Gromit, with his master's life in jeopardy, must be the sleuth and solve the escalating murder mystery.

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