Aardman Studios gets 'the Gigglers' for children's TV show

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A group of creatures called gigglers, invented by the Irish author Roddy Doyle, are aiming to be the stars of the Christmas 2007 television schedule. Doyle is adapting his children's book The Giggler Treatment for the Wallace and Gromit creators, Aardman Animations.

The author has started on the screenplay for the television version of his book in which the gigglers ensure all adults who are mean to children - lying to them, sending them to bed or making them wear clothes they hate - suffer their comeuppance by stepping in dog poo.

The book was the first children's novel from the author who was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1991 with The Van and won it in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha, Ha, Ha. It has sold more than 600,000 copies worldwide. Aardman are working with the Treasure Entertainment production company to turn the book into a half-hour animation hopefully to screen at Christmas 2007.

No broadcaster has yet bought the project but there is likely to be a lot of interest. Miles Bullough, Aardman's head of broadcast and development, said: "As soon as we found the book we knew we wanted to work with Roddy Doyle to bring this to the screen. The book has the perfect balance of kid appeal, wry adult humour and scatological anarchy."