Sunday 23 November 2014

Chris O'Dowd to write 'Moone Boy' books

Published 10/12/2013 | 13:35

Actors Chris O'Dowd and David Rawle star in Moone Boy, filmed in part at Ardmore Studios
Mr O'Dowd, alongside co-creator, Nick Vincent Murphy, has signed a publishing deal to write the books, with the first one due out next Autumn.

Comedian Chris O'Dowd is set to write two children's books based on his hit Sky One show 'Moone Boy'.

Mr O'Dowd, alongside co-creator, Nick Vincent Murphy, has signed a publishing deal to write the books, with the first one due out next Autumn.

The show, very loosely-based on Mr O'Dowd's own childhood, follows the story of a young boy in rural Ireland, his imaginary friend and his dysfunctional family. The third season will air next year.

"Throughout the first three series of Moone Boy, it's often occurred to us that there's so much more we could do with the world of the imaginary friends, but the hassle of having to film things with our big clumsy cameras made it tricky to delve too much into it in the show," he said.

""However, this feels like the perfect world in which to explore novels for a younger audience, with plenty of opportunities for fun doodles and illustrations by Cartoon Saloon. There will be lots of jokes and we hope that parents will want to steal the books from their children to read them too."

Last month the show was awarded an International Emmy for comedy. The show faced competition from South Africa's 'Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola', France's 'Workingirls' and Brazil's 'How to Enjoy the End of the World'.

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