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From classic books to big screen adventures

21 December 2021 Share

FREE activity pack for new Amazing Mr Blunden film

When it comes to discovering a love of reading, it doesn’t matter what form it takes. The value of the classic children’s literature that’s gone before us cannot be underestimated. The authors of the past have paved the way for the wealth of contemporary fiction that we enjoy today.

These stories are timeless, and a good tale will produce wonder, joy and tears for generations. Interpretations and lifestyles may shift, but books, particularly those for children, change a developing soul and leave a mark which often passes from adult to child across the generations. Many contemporary authors have taken classics and reworked them in their own way, adding another dimension to prompt more new readers into imagining how they would respond in similar circumstances. Some of these classics have also been taken and reworked to make films too.

The biggest on-screen adventures have leapt off the pages of a book - and these films simply would not exist without original text. We have so much to be grateful for to amazing authors such as Frances Hodgson Burnett, Shakespeare and Jane Austen to name a few. And, most recently, Antonio Barber, the writer of The Ghosts, which has been adapted to create the film The Amazing Mr Blunden. 

Inspired by the 1972 motion picture of the same name and adapted from Antonia Barber’s children’s fantasy novel, The Amazing Mr Blunden is a new Sky original made especially for Christmas. There is also an accompanying fantastic, FREE Family Activity Pack that you can download for use over the Christmas season.

Adventure arrives for teenagers Jamie and Lucy in the form of a mysterious old man, Mr Blunden, who offers their mum the opportunity to become the caretaker of a ruined country house – one that’s said to be haunted. Within its neglected grounds, Jamie and Lucy have an encounter with what appears to be a pair of ghosts. But these kids, Sara and Georgie, aren’t actually ghosts. They’ve travelled forwards in time to seek help, believing they’re in danger from the wicked Mr and Mrs Wickens, and Lucy and Jamie’s strange visitor seems to be the key to it all. With his help, they must travel back to 1821 to save Sara and Georgie and redeem their remorseful new friend - The Amazing Mr Blunden!

So, as we head into 2022, let's make sure we celebrate classic texts as we keep reading, writing and creating!

The Amazing Mr Blunden, available this Christmas on Sky Max and NOW on Christmas Eve.

To download your FREE activity pack, click here.

For details of more films and TV series that are based on books and available to watch over the festive period, download Helen Smith's FREE Christmas TV list 2021 from our support page.