The LEGO Story documentary coming to Channel 5

British LEGO fans can look forward a new documentary coming to Channel 5 this December – The LEGO Story.

The Channel 5 press team has been in touch to share information about a new documentary that will be screened on December 31. The LEGO Story will cover the company’s early years, successful decade of growth and hear from fans of the brick. This one hour special will air at 7pm on New Year’s Eve, so viewers with plans should be sure to set the box up to record.

Here is the official description for The LEGO Story:

The Lego Story is an unashamedly celebratory documentary charting the remarkable history of the world’s most popular, enduring and commercially successful ‘toy’.

It takes us from the company’s origins in 1930s Denmark, when the Christiansen family [sic] started creating wooden toys, to the development in the 1950s of that most iconic piece of engineering genius, the Lego brick – and its world-conquering journey way beyond the mere confines of the toy department.

After a downturn around the turn of the millennium, as online games and the internet gripped a new generation of children, the company reconsidered its position, opened itself up more to its millions of fans around the world and, became an essential tie-in to major movie releases – ultimately emerging as one of the funniest and smartest movie franchises of them all, in its own right.

B27JG8 Two kids playing on the floor. Image shot 2008. Exact date unknown.

After the release of The Lego Movie, with a slew of new products, designs and even its first factory in China, Lego sales beat rival Mattel’s for the first time ever – and it was for a time the biggest toy manufacturer in the world. Its revival has been hailed as the greatest turnaround in corporate history.

We’ll hear from historians, celebrity aficionados, engineers and gifted Lego fanatics – all contributing to the unique and fascinating story of how this humble brick has developed and adapted over the decades, becoming more and more sophisticated and cleverly keeping up with the modern digital world. With 400 billion bricks having been produced so far, amazingly the first ones (from 1958) remain entirely compatible with those currently being manufactured.

Lego is clearly now an essential part of our global DNA – and this hour-long special glories in a success story which really will appeal to viewers of all ages in the lead-up to Christmas.

The LEGO Story will air on December 31 at 7.00pm.


Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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