BBC Challenging Studio Ghibli with its own Borrowers Adaptation

We're all waiting anxiously for Studio Ghibli's magical adaptation of Mary Norton's The Borrowers, which hits U.S. screens in February. But the BBC is going head-to-head with Ghibli with its own Borrowers adaptation... and it's the first television production from the fabulous Working Title Pictures.

Not only that, but the BBC version boasts a cast to rival Ghibli's English voice cast, such as Saoirse Ronan. The BBC/Working Title production includes Christopher Eccleston, Stephen Fry and Victoria Wood. A snippet from it is included in the BBC's Christmas Trailer, here on Youtube. The TV movie airs on December 26. This isn't the first BBC adaptation of The Borrowers — there was a very Masterpiece Theater-y 1992 version, which you can watch here.

Talking to the Guardian, Working Title Television's Juliette Howell explains the appeal of The Borrowers:

With The Borrowers, here is a family who is suffering, they can't even afford Christmas. These things have a resonance. However, I also do think people want escapism at the moment, but not empty-headed escapism.

That's one of those quotes that just says so much, really.