Posted by Sandra on December 9 2016

That’s music to our ears.

It’s been a long six-year wait for McFly fans who are eager for some brand new music from the band, but we have some fantastic news for you: they’re refreshed and ready to get back in the studio.

Band member Tom Fletcher – who recently released his first children’s novel The Christmasaurus – has revealed that they are in a great place and excited about creating something truly special together in the new year.

“There’s been such a big gap between McFly’s albums, that now we’re at the stage where we’re not tied down to a particular sound,” Tom told Digital Spy.

“There’s enough of a line drawn that we could come back with whatever sound we want. For the first time, there’s no pressure or musical expectations on us that could limit us or dictate where we need to go.

“I hate the idea of having to conform with what’s current and what sounds good on radio at the moment. When we go into the studio, I want it to be with a completely fresh, open mind.

“I genuinely feel that, because there’s been such a gap and because of McBusted, this is the first time that I feel completely refreshed with McFly.

“There’s something really exciting about that and if we can get our heads in the right place and pull together, it’s totally possible for us to make the best album of our career.”

That sounds just fine with us.

But first, tickets for Tom’s new play The Christmasaurus go on sale at 9am tomorrow (December 9).

It’s based on his hugely popular children’s book of the same name and will take place at London’s Eventim Apollo on December 22, 2017.

“The book was a natural place for it to start, but I always hoped it could be a live show or a film,” Tom told us.

That movie is on the way too, but could be a few years off yet. It will be an animation directed by Michael Gracey, but Tom isn’t sure if he’ll be voicing one of the characters himself.

“Part of me is really excited about seeing who could do it,” he said. “The dad in the book is basically me, but you need to be a very talented actor to do voices for films.

“If there is a part for me, I wouldn’t say no. But I’m looking forward to seeing who can voice the different characters.”

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Posted by Sandra on December 7 2016

Tom as always being the nicest person in the world.:)

A brave little boy who suffers from one of the world’s rarest genetic conditions took to the stage in a star-studded performance expected to be watched by more than 150 million people worldwide.

Dyfan Wynne, 12, who attends St Christopher’s School in Wrexham, took on a starring role in the Royal Variety Performance at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, appearing alongside McFly star Tom Fletcher, who was reading from his new children’s book The Christmasaurus.

The Christmasauras is a story about a boy called William Trundell and a dinosaur, the Christmasauras, and how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure.

Dyfan attends a drama group outside school and put together a video for a casting agent from London.

And out of a shortlist of four, Dyfan was chosen to star as William Trundell in the star-studded show, which will also feature performances from the legendary Barry Gibb and Sting, superstars Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams, the award-winning Sheridan Smith and Emeli Sandé, plus this years Britain’s Got Talent winner Lance Corporal Richard Jones.

Dyfan’s proud grandad, Mike Griffiths, of Llay, said it was the opportunity of a lifetime for the youngster.

The courageous youngster suffers from a genetic disorder called chromosome 8 deletion. Out of the full range of chromosomes 1-48, Dyfan is missing 11-22.

Dyfan is the only UK case and there are only four others worldwide.

Mr Griffiths said: “Dyfan was over the moon when he was asked to do it, he loves that sort of thing.

“When he was born they didn’t know whether he would walk or talk and he had two holes in his heart as well.

“You can’t keep him down – he was up and walking by the time he was 18 months old but he does need a wheelchair because he gets tired easily.

“You can’t stop him talking either. His parents have been through a lot with him but he is a little soldier and everyone who meets him absolutely loves him – he’s a character.”

Dyfan travelled down to London with his parents Dean and Helen on Saturday and has been hard at work in rehearsals ahead of the performance last night.

Helen said: “He is very excited but he’s not nervous at all. Rehearsals have gone really well and it’s a lovely performance.

“Tom Fletcher has been wonderful. He came to the hotel to rehearse to make things easier for Dyfan and he drew him a picture of the Christmasauras and signed it, along with a copy of the book.

“I will be behind the scenes watching – Dyfan has been amazing and he has done us all proud.”

The Royal Variety Performance is due to air on ITV later this month.

It has been staged since 1912 and is now watched by over 152 million TV viewers worldwide, making it the most successful and longest running entertainment show in the world.

Comedian, actor and children’s author David Walliams hosted the event in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince Of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

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Posted by Sandra on December 7 2016

There will be blood snow.

Tom Fletcher – aka leader of all things cutesy and quaint – is doing another cute, quaint thing with his children’s book-turned-film The Christmasaurus.

The Christmasaurus is now being adapted for the stage in 2017, with Tom announcing the news on Instagram this morning (December 6).

“The Christmasaurus LIVE! Is coming to the Eventim Apollo London on Friday December 22nd 2017, featuring music, magic, me and some very special guests (to be announced),” Tom wrote. “Tickets on sale this Friday 9am!!!!!!”

Promising snow, magic, Christmas lights, a very Christmassy dinosaur, music, singing elves and “the big man himself”, Tom can be seen being adorable in his Instagram video.

Holding his ‘script’, he makes his way through festive rooms backstage before ending up on stage to find nobody in the audience because the show is actually next year.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Tom is working on brand new music for the film adaptation of his children’s book.

It follows the festive tale of a boy named William Trundle who meets a dinosaur called The Christmasaurus on Christmas Eve and together they embark on a magical adventure.

The animated film adaptation will be helmed by Hollywood director Michael Gracey, who is currently working with the likes of Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron on The Greatest Showman On Earth.

Tom has written a number of new songs to be included in the film, which he will also perform at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

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Posted by Sandra on December 7 2016

Those are the news we all were waiting for!! tom confirmed last night that he and the rest of the boys will be back in the studio in 2017 to work on McFly’s new album!! Watch his interview during the Royal Variety show below.

 
 
Posted by Sandra on December 5 2016

Dougie is back in the UK after spending a few months in the sunny L.A. and his first appearance was tonight at the Fashion Awards looking as dapper as usual! check all the pics in the gallery!

[x8]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2016 > FASHION AWARDS, LONDON – DECEMBER 5

 
 
Posted by Sandra on November 29 2016

McFly singer turned children’s author Tom Fletcher has written a heartwarming tale of Christmas wishes, cuddly dinosaurs and singing elves. It will sell millions, our reviewers predict

Teacher review of The Christmasaurus, by Tom Fletcher
The Christmasaurus is the heartwarming tale of dinosaur-loving William Trundle. He longs for a real dinosaur of his own, so much so that he adds it to the top of his Christmas list. Nothing could prepare William for the fast-paced adventure that ensues once Santa Claus reads William’s list.

Tom Fletcher is better known for his picture books. But his first venture into fiction for older children has everything: adventure, elves, dinosaurs, family, magic, villains, humour and Christmas, all wrapped up in this festive treat.

Who could fail not to be amused by the elves, Snozzletrump, Spudcheeks, Snowcrumb, Sparklefoot et al? Each with their own character, talent and special role, they work together as a team, and communicate in rhyme and song – after all, Tom is also well known for his songwriting talents. I love the idea that elves communicate in rhyme. It’s one of those things young readers will just remember – a lovely touch.

The Hunter is by far the most menacing character in the book – a convincing villain, bringing an especially dark twist to the narrative. Our reviewers also found schoolgirl Brenda’s menacing character convincing, but found her transformation into a pleasant girl less credible.

Our reviewers and I agree that the story is a heartwarming one, encouraging empathy and tolerance but also bringing the magic of Christmas alive. Tom Fletcher has created a likeable boy in William, who adults and children alike will warm to. The humour will also work at all levels, especially the language used by the elves – I found myself giggling at their funnier lines.

Special mention should be made of the wonderful illustrations, by Shane Devries; they are an absolute joy and perfectly reflect the narrative. Our four reviewers were all entranced by the illustrations. The double-page illustration of Santa Claus on his sleigh especially captures the joy and magic of Christmas. Santa looks just as we all know he does. The use of different, stylised fonts at key points in the narrative is also fun.

I wondered if this might be a book that could only be enjoyed in the run-up to Christmas. But, while it would be magical to read each night as Christmas approaches, I believe children will love this book and appreciate its message all year round. It would be a great read for 7-11 year olds.

Sally Hamerton is school librarian at Crondall Primary in Hampshire. She tweets as @HamertonSally

Pupil reviews
‘One more page…’

The book is about Father Christmas’s elves when they dig up a dinosaur egg, which belongs to the last dinosaur in the world. It’s also about a boy named William Trundle who loves dinosaurs. He wishes for a dinosaur for Christmas. He gets the surprise of his life on Christmas day!

My favourite character was the Christmasaurus, because he was cute and from the pictures he looked quite cuddly. My favourite part in the book was when The Hunter and his dog, Growler, get involved. I love action parts. When I was reading I thought to myself “I’ll read one more page,” but I ended up reading six more chapters!

The part I didn’t like so much was at the end of the book, where it isn’t clear whether Miss Payne and Mr Trundle stay together. Other than that the book was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

If I had to rate the book out of ten it would be 9.5. It will sell millions of copies

Romy, Year 5

‘Nothing I disliked’

The Christmasaurus is about a boy called William Trundle, who loves everything dinosaur. Unfortunately, William is in a wheelchair, due to an accident that happened when he was younger. He lives in a wonky house with his Dad, who has always loved Christmas. Even a very strange Christmas, like the one coming up this year…

I loved this book. My favourite characters were Christmasaurus and the elves. I liked the elves for their weird songs and funny costumes. My favourite elves were Starlump and Sparklefoot. I enjoyed the part when Christmasaurus was flying under the Northern Lights.

There was nothing I disliked about the book, it was very entertaining and made me laugh a lot. However, there were characters I disliked in the book, especially the Hunter.

This book would be good for ages 8-12. And it would be a good match for anyone who likes an adventure.

I would rate this book 9/10 because it was funny, adventurous and really entertaining.

Tabitha, Year 5
‘It doesn’t end suddenly’

This was an amazing book!

My favourite character in this book is the Christmasaurus because he is so cute and friendly! The book made me laugh and I wanted to keep on reading! It was so good it felt like I was actually in the book! I like the way it doesn’t end suddenly like most books do. But when you get to the end you want it to never, ever end.

We all liked the character Brenda more when she was mean because she was a bit soppy when she was nice.

The hunter was very scary. The illustrations of him were very good because he looks so evil.

I would say this book is for children ages 8-11 years. I really hope Tom Fletcher writes more books. Will there be a sequel?

Tierney, Year 5

‘Good morals’

I really enjoyed reading this book. It teaches children never to give up.

The book has a lovely storyline and teaches good morals and that you can do anything when you believe.

I would recommend it for ages seven and up because there is some violence with a hunter who smokes a pipe. The illustrations are of a very high standard and the writing creates a good image in your mind!

Kate, Year 5

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Posted by Sandra on November 29 2016

The Guardian published a review of the best books for kids this christmas and Tom’s The Christmasaurus is one of them! read below what they have to say about the book.

Most kids want at least one unattainable thing for Christmas – a pony, a spaceship, a real live dinosaur. That’s the simple but effective premise of The Christmasaurus (Penguin hardback £12.99), the latest book from erstwhile McFly singer Tom Fletcher, whose dino-themed picture-book output (with bandmate Dougie Poynter) probably helped earn his icelolly.com celebrity dad of the year 2016 accolade.

For a man more used to the three-minute medium, Fletcher’s not bad. The story of Jurassic-fixated William Trundle (wheelchair-using, mumless) and a dinosaur raised at the north pole (who secretly wants to be a reindeer), Fletcher’s first solo venture for older children is full of redemption, magic and gleeful silliness, especially on the mechanics of Christmas.

Elves called Snozzletrump and the like speak in rhyme. Santa plays vinyl records on his in-sleigh gramophone; that’s the boost that sends it airborne. The tale draws to a climax on Trundle’s snowy rooftop, where a big game hunter tries to bag a flying reindeer as his latest rare trophy – or, perhaps, even a dinosaur?

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Posted by Sandra on November 29 2016

Strictly Come Dancing is perhaps one of the most loved shows on British television. The variety of dazzling displays of ballroom routines and Latin-American numbers have certainly kept viewers hooked over the years.

But what were the best and most memorable performances from previous seasons? Take a look at our all-time favourites…

McFly storm on stage

When Harry Judd was crown the Strictly Come Dancing champion in 2011 alongside partner Aliona Vilani, veteran host Bruce Forsyth was left outraged when his McFly bandmates stormed onto the dancefloor. The show host proceeded to “shoo” them away – much to everyone’s surprise. He shouted: “Get off the stage! Get off the stage! Get off! Get off!”

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Posted by Sandra on November 24 2016

Earlier this week Tom and Giovanna attended the BAFTA Kids Awards to present an award and they looked all kinds of cute with matching outfits. Check all the pics in the gallery!

[x13]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2016 > BAFTA KIDS AWARDS – NOVEMBER 20

 
 
Posted by Sandra on November 17 2016

Last tuesday, 3/4 of McFly, Dougie is still in the USA, attended the European premiere of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them in London. Even that it was raining the boys managed to look as good as usual. Check all the pics on the gallery!

[x22]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2016 > FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM EUROPEAN PREMIERE, LONDON – NOVEMBER 15

[x6]CANDIDS > 2016 > ARRIVING TO THE FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM AFTER PARTY, LONDON – NOVEMBER 15

 
 
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