Eric Morecambe children's novel The Reluctant Vampire to become BBC series

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Eric Morecambe's 1982 children’s novel The Reluctant Vampire is being adapted into a BBC television series, reports the British Comedy Guide.

The story, originally written for seven and eight year-olds, focuses on a vampire prince who doesn't like blood but prefers "chips and a glass of red wine".

The series is being produced by Boffola Pictures, the company behind BBC One comedy drama Am I Being Unreasonable?, and The Power Of Parker, a sitcom which launches on BBC One later this month.

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The book's blurb describes the novel as "a tale about an extremely unconventional vampire", adding "This tale of laughter and ghoulish horror for seven and eight year-olds is sure to delight."

Eric Morecambe.Eric Morecambe.
Eric Morecambe.

The publication was a hit at the time, resulting in the comedian writing a sequel in 1983 titled The Vampire's Revenge.

The BBC has yet to officially confirm The Reluctant Vampire, but further details are expected to be revealed soon.

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