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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 August, 2003, 10:37 GMT 11:37 UK
Tamworth Two pig tale on film
One of the Tamworth Two
The pigs' escape in 1998 dominated headlines
The two pigs which caused a media frenzy after they escaped on the way to an abattoir are to have their life stories told in a family movie.

The pigs, dubbed the Tamworth Two, went on the run for a week after making a dash for it in 1998 as they were unloaded from an abattoir lorry.

The story of Butch and Sundance dominated the headlines and when they were finally caught they were saved from becoming pork chops, and given a new protected home to live out their days.

Now the BBC is making a 60-minute movie about their adventure called The Legend of the Tamworth Two, in the mould of the successful Babe films.

The film will use real pigs, whose actions will be enhanced by computer technology to give them more human characteristics, and voiced by actors.

Actress Lucy Davies, star of The Office sitcom and daughter of Jasper Carrott, will provide the voice for Sundance, while Ryan Cartwright of The Grimleys will voice Butch.

Frances Barber will play the pigs' mother, and Brian Blessed will be a wild boar who inspires Butch to make a break for it and to avoid capture.

Animal relationships

Executive producer Sally Woodward told BBC News Online: "The film tells how the story of Butch and Sundance became a legend, of how Britain once again took the underdog to their hearts - or in this instance, the under-pig - and in the process briefly made them the most famous fugitives in the world.

"It also shows how contrary human beings are in their relationship with animals - how we are only too happy to tuck in to a pork chop, but are outraged when we want to capture a pig that has stolen our heart."

The Tamworth Two escaped from a slaughterhouse in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, where they had been sent by owner, and evaded capture for a week.

Butch was the first to be found, while Sundance had to be brought down with a tranquiliser dart by vets.

Their owner received many offers above their market price to save their bacon, and eventually the Daily Mail newspaper bought them and paid for them to stay at the Rare Breeds Centre, near Ashford, Kent, where they live in "Tamworth Towers".


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