Oscar-winning director Nick Park has shed light on the plot of Wallace And Gromit's latest adventure.

After a big screen outing in The Curse of the Were Rabbit, the animated pair return to television this Christmas in A Matter of Loaf and Death.

And ahead of the beloved duo's TV comeback, their creator has revealed his relief at returning to the 30-minute episode format, having spent recent years making feature films.

"I love making films for the cinema but the production of Chicken Run and Curse of the Were-Rabbit were virtually back to back and each film took five years to complete," Park explained.

"A Matter of Loaf and Death will be so much quicker to make. I'm delighted to be back into production and back with BBC1 with Wallace and Gromit.

"Over the years the BBC has been incredibly supportive of Wallace and Gromit, this film feels like their homecoming."

In their new TV outing, Wallace and Gromit have opened a new bakery – Top Bun and business is booming, not least because a deadly Cereal Killer is targeting all the bakers in town and so competition is drying up.

Though Gromit is worried that they may be the next victims, Wallace (Peter Sallis) is oblivious, having fallen head over heels in love with Piella Bakewell, (voiced by Coronation Street's Sally Lindsay) former star of the Bake-O-Lite bread commercials.

So Gromit is left to run things on his own when he'd much rather be getting better acquainted with Piella's lovely pet poodle Fluffles, only to make a shocking discovery which points to the killer's true identity.

Commenting on the new film, BBC1 controller Jay Hunt said: "I am delighted Wallace and Gromit will be part of our Christmas schedule on BBC1.

"A Matter of Loaf and Death is just the sort of unmissable family entertainment that epitomises the channel at its very best."

04/11/2008 03:30:00