Meet Northamptonshire’s newest resident - Fungus the Bogeyman!

Fungus the Bogeyman, coming soon to Daventry!
Fungus the Bogeyman, coming soon to Daventry!
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He’s a green, snot-ridden, farting monster, and he’s moving to Daventry this Christmas.

Daventry is to get a new, and unusual, family moving in over the festive period thanks to Sky’s Christmas special Fungus the Bogeyman.

Raymond Briggs’ classic 1977 children’s book has been adapted into a three part special for Sky 1 by Tom MacRae, who grew up in Weedon.

Fungus the Bogeyman is the tale of darkness-dwelling Fungus, his wife Mildew and his son Mould’s struggle to fit in among the ‘Drycleaners’ (ie humans) of Daventry.

How much the screen version of Daventry reflects the real town we will have to wait and see.

The show is a story of slimy monsters, dangerous humans and what happens when ‘The Things That Go Bump in the Night’ suddenly move in next door.

Fungus and family with their human faces on, with their new neighbours the Hedge family.

Fungus and family with their human faces on, with their new neighbours the Hedge family.

Fungus (Timothy Spall) is a Bogeyman, creatures who spend their lives venturing out of Bogeydom and heading ‘Up Top’ where they pass the time ‘howlificating’ babies, ‘squeakifying’ doors and wreaking havoc in Drycleaner (or human) homes.

But, recently, things have become more complicated for him and his wife Mildew (Joanna Scanlan). Their son Mould (Haydon Downing) hasn’t been acting like the average Bogeyboy and their fears are confirmed when he declares himself ‘Drycurious’ and runs away to live Up Top.

Fungus and Mildew will do anything to get Mould back, even if it means disguising themselves as humans and living next door to the dysfunctional Hedge family in Daventry.

Meanwhile, Daryl Hedge (Marc Warren), his wife Wendy (Keeley Hawes) and their teenage daughter Lucy (Fern Deacon) can tell there’s something odd about their new neighbours.

Fungus out for a walk in Daventry

Fungus out for a walk in Daventry

As luck would have it, Eve (Victoria Wood) is there to help the Bogeys with life on the Surface.

Fungus is miserable at the thought of pretending to be a Drycleaner. However, being found out by humans could mean imprisonment, experimentation or worse so he has little choice but to try his best.

Little does he know, though, Scarface the Bogeyhunter (Paul Kaye) is already on his and his family’s slimy trail.

Fungus the Bogeyman starts on Sky 1 on Sunday December 27 at 6pm.