Film crews in town for children’s book adaptation due to be screened at Christmas

Fungus and the Bogeyman.
Fungus and the Bogeyman.

Film crews have descended on Hemel Hempstead to shoot an adaptation of the popular children’s book Fungus and the Bogeyman.

The four-part adaptation of the book by British illustrator Raymond Briggs - most famous for The Snowman - is expected to be screened on Sky as part of its Christmas entertainment line up.

It has been written by Tom MacRae - creator of Comedy Central’s Threesome - and stars Timothy Spall.

The story, first published in 1977, follows a day in the life of a bogeyman living underground, whose job it is to scare humans.

The book was previously adapted by the BBC back in 2004 and starred Martin Clunes and Fay Ripley.

Film crews from Mildew Productions were in Hemel Hempstead yesterday and have returned today. They can be spotted in parts of the Old Town, at St Mary’s Church and outside the Town Hall.