Eddie Izzard's Christmas film has been a long time coming, first announced back in 2009. But the original new family drama Lost Christmas finally hits our screens on BBC1 Sunday 18th December at 5.30pm.
Starring Eddie Izzard, Jason Flemyng and Larry Mills, Lost Christmas is an urban fairytale from the backstreets of Manchester. It is Christmas Eve and everyone is getting ready for the big day; everyone that is, except Anthony, a strange, enigmatic being who wakes up in the street, not knowing where he is or what he's here to do. But Anthony has a remarkable ability: the power to find the lost... But is Anthony's ability real, or just an illusion?
The characters he helps include a young boy who lost his parents in a car crash, a couple who lost their child, and a man, played by Jason Flemyng, who has lost the book he used to read to his daughter.
John Hay, who wrote the 90-minute Christmas drama with David Logan, adapted from David Logan's novel, also directs.
Larry Mills (now represented by Hamilton Hodell). 11 year old Larry, from Buckinghamshire, had only had small parts in productions at his former village school before being plucked from obscurity to play the major role of Goose in The Lost Christmas. The youngster first tried out in an audition for a film version of Horrid Henry last year after his former school, St Michael’s, were contacted by casting agents. Though unsuccessful he later received a call asking him to attend a further audition for a new family film being made for the BBC. After seeing thousands of young hopefuls Larry heard just before last Christmas that he had landed a part – and not just any part – but the lead.
The film also features newcomer Libbi Rubens as Milly.
An enigmatic man appears in Manchester on Christmas Eve and touches the lives of a group of people who have all lost something, whether it be a dog, a bangle, a daughter or their mind. Their lives will change dramatically all because of this one day.
Check out the trailer below.