Roald Dahl’s mischievous Revolting Rhymes announced as a ‘festive highlight for BBC One’.


“Martin Pope and Michael Rose have once again worked their magic to bring us an animation to delight our BBC1 audience this Christmas. Beautiful visuals combined with an extraordinary cast bring Roald Dahl’s wonderful rhymes to life in what promises to be a huge Christmas treat”. – Elizabeth Kilgarriff, BBC Executive Producer

Magic Light Pictures will bring Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes to the screen this Christmas as a festive highlight on BBC One. Written in 1982 by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, this collection of six witty rhymes retell classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings.

The all star voice cast comprises of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright.

Many of the cast play multiple roles, with David Walliams and Rob Brydon voicing the Ugly Sisters as well as Jack’s Mother and the King respectively; Bertie Carvel plays both the Magic Mirror and the Prince; and Tamsin Greig plays the Babysitter and Miss Maclahose. Other members voice key roles with Gemma Chan as Snow White, Rose Leslie as Red Riding Hood, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Jack and Bel Powley as Cindy.

Revolting Rhymes will be shown as two half-hour films which ingeniously interweave five of Dahl’s rhymes. The Narrator Wolf tells the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow-White, Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella. Directed by Oscar nominees, Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh, the distinctive style of Quentin Blake’s illustrations has been delightfully brought to life in these films by Magic Light’s world-class team of animators.

Magic Light’s previous Christmas premieres include Stick Man, which premiered on BBC One last Christmas with record ratings of 9.3 million viewers. Revolting Rhymes will air over two half hour episodes this festive season on BBC One.

“2016 has been an extraordinary year for Roald Dahl as we’ve seen his centenary marked worldwide in delightfully creative ways. Magic Light’s wonderful adaptation of Revolting Rhymes ensures that we finish this momentous year on a real high point.” – Luke Kelly, Managing Director of The Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson

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