Sky 1 commissions The Last Dragonslayer for Christmas

Jasper Fforde’s series of novels adapted for Sky 1

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Sky 1 has commissioned The Last Dragonslayer, a new drama adaptation to air at Christmas based on the first of Jasper Fforde’s series of novels.

Adapted by Tom Edge (Scrotal Recall), The Last Dragonslayer stars Ellise Chappell as indentured orphan Jennifer Strange who reluctantly discovers her destiny is to become the last Dragonslayer. Set in the Ununited Kingdoms – a magical blend of past and present, medieval and modern, the epic adventure also stars, John Bradley (Game of Thrones) and Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family).

Sky commissioning editor, Cameron Roach said: “Hot on the heels of the success of Fungus and the Bogeyman we’re incredibly excited to commission another Christmas drama event for Sky 1. For 2016, an adaptation of Jasper Fforde’s The Last Dragonslayer holds all of the ingredients for the perfect seasonal treat for the entire family; wizards, dragons, a kick-ass heroine and the perfect magical cast led by Ricky Tomlinson, Ellise Chappell and John Bradley”

Pete Czernin of Blueprint Pictures continues: “Adapting Jasper Fforde’s madcap world and unique characters, screenwriter Tom Edge has forged an exciting, fast-paced family adventure that is both compelling, endearing and emotional. We’re excited to have director Jamie Stone bring this magical world to life on screen, with a fine cast of characters, with some well-known and beloved faces while introducing exciting new talent.”

The drama is produced by Blueprint Pictures and GroupM Entertainment, and will be directed by Jamie Stone (X Company, The Village).

The Last Dragonslayer will be shot on location from April 2016 and will be shown Christmas 2016 on Sky 1.