Classic WWII movie and Christmas TV perennial The Great Escape is to be remade for television by the BBC.

According to Broadcast the 1963 film - boasting an all-star cast that included Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Richard Attenborough, and based on the book of the same name by Paul Brickhill - will form the basis of a new TV drama.

Brickhill's original novel, loosely adapted for the big-screen, was a factual account of a mass escape in 1944 by Allied troops from Prisoner of War camp Stalag Luft III in Nazi Germany.

The new serial is being developed by the BBC in partnership with GK-TV and Open Circle - the latter currently owning the rights to The Great Escape.