A Matter Of Loaf And Death. Image credit: Aardman Animations.

A Matter Of Loaf And Death

A spoof of murder mysteries is in store as Wallace and Gromit start running their own bakery: Top Bun. However, there's a Cereal Killer on the loose

Wallace & Gromit
Wallace & Gromit In A Matter Of Loaf And Death; Trouble At' Mill (Working Title)
Comedy Drama
2008  (BBC One)
Peter Sallis, Sally Lindsay, Melissa Collier, Sarah Laborde
Nick Park, Bob Baker
Aardman Animations

Wallace, perhaps the world's most absent-minded inventor, and his canine companion Gromit, have started running their own bakery, Top Bun, in their house at 62 West Wallaby Street, Wigan.

However, Gromit soon becomes worried when he reads reports in the local newspaper saying that several local bakers have disappeared during the year in strange circumstances, all caused by a dangerous Cereal Killer. Wallace is not worried, mainly due to the fact he is in love with bread enthusiast Piella Bakewell, former star of the "Bake-O-Lite" bread adverts. Gromit is therefore left running the business on his own, when he would rather get to better know Piella's poodle Fluffles.

While Wallace might be the 'toast of the town' at the moment, Gromit makes a shocking discovery and realises that his master is in danger, and so goes forth to solve the case before Wallace ends up brown bread.

Our Review: Fans of Wallace and Gromit will no doubt love the return of the world's most famous plasticine couple. It is their first adventure since The Curse of the Were-Rabbit in 2006 and their first short since A Close Shave in 1995.

One noteworthy aspect to this film is that it is the fastest ever production of a Wallace and Gromit programme, having been made in just under a year.

The film has already managed one record. It was the most watched programme on television on Christmas Day 2008, with a peak of 15.88m viewers (58.1% of the audience share).

The film has won the BAFTA for "Best short animation" and the Annie Award for "Best Animated Short Subject".