Shaun the Sheep to return with BBC One special later this year

Aardman favourite will star in a 30-minute special titled 'Shaun The Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas'

Shaun the Sheep is to return with a 30-minute BBC One special later this year, Aardman has announced.

Titled Shaun The Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas, the festive special promises to introduce “hilarious new characters to the Aardman family, including a pack of mischievous llamas: Hector, Fernando and Raul”.

Aardman’s plot synopsis teases: “When the Farmer and Bitzer go to a Country Fair, Shaun steals away with them intent on causing mischief. Shaun spies an auction where he sees three exotic and very crafty Llamas going under the hammer. Instantly besotted by their fantastic pranks Shaun cleverly gets the unwitting Farmer to buy them.

“Back at Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun is delighted with his prank and convinces the Flock that the Llamas are just what they need to spice up their lives. At first everything’s great fun, but soon their new Llama room-mates get a bit too comfortable in their new home. When things spiral out of control, Shaun is forced to take action to oust the intruders and save the farm.”

READ: NME reviews ‘Shaun The Sheep Movie’

Shaun the Sheep made his debut alongside Wallace and Gromit in Aardman’s 1995 festive special A Close Shave. He has since appeared in his own self-titled CBBC TV series, which ran for 130 episodes between 2007 and 2014, and this year’s well-received Shaun The Sheep Movie.