The TV series adaptation of Charlie Mackesy’s best-selling illustrated book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse was the BBC’s most watched show on Christmas Eve, the corporation said.
An average of four million people watched to see the author and illustrator’s distinctive images reimagined with traditional hand-drawn animation for the BBC One short about kindness, friendship, courage and hope.
Mackesy told the PA news agency: “It’s hard to find words to express how I feel about this news.
“I am so moved and grateful that so many people have watched it. I really hope they like it. Thank you so much everyone – I could never have dreamed of this.”
The film cast Hollywood star Idris Elba as the fox and Tom Hollander, whose works include The Night Manager and Bohemian Rhapsody, as the mole.
Veteran Irish actor Gabriel Byrne plays the horse and newcomer Jude Coward Nicoll plays the boy.
The short is produced by Star Wars directors JJ Abrams and Hannah Minghella of Bad Robot Productions, with original music by composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, sister of Fleabag star Phoebe.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse was published in 2019 and explores the friendship between the four main characters as they journey together in search of a home.
Upon publication, it was named book of the year by Waterstones and shortlisted for the British Book Awards’ non-fiction lifestyle book of the year.
Mackesy, 59, previously worked with Nelson Mandela on a lithography project, The Unity Series, and also helped support a honey social enterprise in Zambia.
His latest exhibition based on the book showcases about 60 original works of art in ink and paint sold alongside floor-to-ceiling murals at Sotheby’s cafe.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/the-boy-the-mole-the-fox-and-the-horse-most-watched-bbc-show-on-christmas-eve-42244556.html The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse are the most watched shows on the BBC on Christmas Eve