Dominic West leads an all star cast to bring Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl to BBC One this Christmas

I absolutely loved working on these films. I'm a massive fan of Dahl's work and to be able to voice his characters was a real treat.David Walliams
Date: 21.10.2016     Last updated: 23.11.2016 at 16.12
Magic Light Pictures, the Oscar-nominated entertainment company, will bring Roald Dahl’s mischievous 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.

Dominic West says: "Voicing the Wolf in these wonderful films was a huge amount of fun. The incredible poems written by Roald Dahl have been beautifully brought to life by the production team and I was delighted to take part in the project. I look forward to enjoying them with the family this Christmas."

David Walliams added: "I absolutely loved working on these films. I'm a massive fan of Dahl's work and to be able to voice his characters was a real treat".

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; Room on the Broom (jointly directed by Jan Lachauer), which premiered on BBC One in Christmas 2012; The Gruffalo (2009) (jointly directed by Jakob Schuh) and The Gruffalo’s Child (2011).

Martin Pope co-founder, Magic Light Pictures said: “It’s been an amazing honour to bring these wonderful rhymes to life. Working with the inspiration of Roald Dahl’s words and Quentin Blake’s drawings has been fantastic. These twisted yet classic fairy tales have enabled our gifted directors Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer to create something magical and refreshing.”

Elizabeth Kilgarriff, BBC Executive Producer said : "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".

Luke Kelly, Managing Director of The Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson said: “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.”

Revolting Rhymes (2x30’) is a Magic Light Pictures production commissioned for BBC One by Charlotte Moore. Directed by Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh, co-directed by Bin Han To and produced by Martin Pope and Michael Rose, the animation has been created at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and at Triggerfish Animation in Cape Town. Executive Producer for the BBC is Elizabeth Kilgarriff.

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Christmas 2016 on BBC Television