Ophelia Dahl on her father's writing
Roald Dahl's daughter Ophelia Dahl reflects on how some of her father's most famous works had their origins in popularity amongst her school friends' demands for his wonderful tales. This clip was taken from an episode of BBC Wales arts series The Slate, Roald Dahl: The Unexpected Tale, which was broadcast in 2000.
Roald Dahl's career as a children's author began after the birth of his children. As Ophelia notes in the clip above, Dahl's books stemmed from the stories that he would often tell his children before bedtime.
Early popular titles include James And The Giant Peach (1961), Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (1964) and Danny The Champion Of The World (1975). Many of his works have been adapted into children's films - the latest being an animated version of Fantastic Mr Fox (1970), due for release in late 2009.