We are thrilled to report that Peter & Wendy based on the novel Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie has been confirmed to air on Boxing Day at 8pm on ITV. The 2-hour special stars Stanley Tucci, pop star Paloma Faith and Breaking Bad’s Laura Frasier alongside a cast of talented kids who bring to life this magical re-imagining of a timeless classic.
As reported by Den of Geek the drama opens in modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where twelve-year-old Lucy Rose (Hazel Doupe, who also plays Wendy Darling) is awaiting treatment for a serious heart condition. Her mother Julie (Laura Fraser, also doubling up as Mrs Darling) is distraught with the fear of losing her child, and surgeon Mr Wylie (Stanley Tucci, who also plays Hook) assures her he will do everything in his power to make the operation a success. The day before her operation, Lucy reads J.M. Barrie’s novel of Peter Pan to a crowd of sick children in the hospital, and she goes to sleep with thoughts of the classic tale in her head. Lucy dreams this version of Peter Pan into existence and the story is retold through the young girl’s imagination.
The magical story cuts back and forth between Lucy’s modern day struggles and the fantasy land of Neverland, with the common theme being positivity and belief.
Peter & Wendy was was written by BAFTA-winning writer Adrian Hodges (My Week With Marilyn) and directed by BAFTA-winning director Diarmuid Lawrence (Little Dorrit). It was made in partnership not only with ourselves but with Great Ormond Street Hospital for children to whom J.M. Barrie gifted the rights to his much-loved classic as part of his will. Visit their website to Give To Gosh and support the amazing work they do, after all, Christmas is a time for giving.
And if you’re in the UK this Christmas, we hope to see you all on the sofa this Boxing Day. Pass the selection box!