BBC has announced that Rachel Portman (Emma, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, The Vow, Never Let Me Go) is composing the original score for the upcoming animated TV special Mimi and the Mountain Dragon. The music will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic featuring singers from the Hallé’s family of choirs and will be recorded at Media City UK, Salford. The animated short about a village that quakes in fear of the mighty Mountain Dragon is based on the children’s book of the same title by Sir Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) and adapted for the screen by novelist, poet, and playwright, Owen Sheers. Kristian Smith is executive producing the project for Leopard, alongside Phil Chalk for Factory. Mimi and the Mountain Dragon will premiere this winter on BBC One.