Sky to broadcast Briggs’ bogeyman tale

Sky to broadcast Briggs’ bogeyman tale

A television adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ Fungus the Bogeyman will be screened on Sky 1 next Christmas.

Sky commissioned Imaginarium Studios, which will work in partnership with Double Negative's TV department, to make the series. The four 60-minute episodes will be written by Tom MacRae and directed by Catherine Morshead. Imaginarium Studios obtained the rights from Penguin and Raymond Briggs.

Fungus the Bogeyman was published in picture book format by Hamish Hamilton in 1977.  The story follows a day in the life of Fungus, who starts to wonder why he really goes around scaring people.

The TV adaptation will focus on the relationship between Fungus and his son, Mould, as their world collides with the human one.  

Briggs is one of the UK’s best-known illustrators and his Father Christmas and The Snowman books are Christmas classics. He is also a contributor to the Oldie magazine and Unbound is currently raising money to publish a book of his columns.