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Hitler, the Tiger and Me

Documentary telling the story of Judith Kerr, creator of well-loved children's books including Mog and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Now 90, she revisits her childhood home of Berlin.

Imagine tells the extraordinary story of Judith Kerr, creator of some of our best-loved children's books; including Mog and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Born in Berlin, at the age of nine she was forced to flee Germany as her father, a writer, was an outspoken opponent of the Nazis. Her children's novel 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit' tells their story and is now a set text in German schools. In memory of Judith Kerr, who died earlier this year, we look back to Judith’s 90th Birthday in 2013 as she revisits Berlin with Alan Yentob, and takes tea in the London kitchen to which that tiger came. Featuring Lauren Child, Michael Morpurgo and Michael Rosen.

1 hour, 10 minutes

Last on

Sun 21 Jul 2019 22:40

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Franz Liszt

    Etudes D' Execution Transcendante

    Performer: Misha Dichter.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Piano Music For Children

    Performer: İdil Biret.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau de Couperin

    Performer: Philippe Entremont.
  • John Surman


  • Kurt Weill

    Salomon Song

    Lyricist: Bertolt Brecht. Performer: Ute Lemper. Conductor: John Mauceri. Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
  • Franz Liszt & Misha Dichter

    Annees De Pelerinage - Premiere Annee

  • Bobo Stenson Trio

    Polska of Despair

  • Laurie Anderson

    Walking & Falling

  • Wim Mertens

    Multiple 12

  • Sir George Benjamin

    Ringed By The Flat Horizon

  • Max Richter

    From 553 W Elm Street. Logan Illinois

  • David Darling

    Darkwood VI

  • Max Richter

    A Sudden Manhattan Of The Mind


Role Contributor
Presenter Alan Yentob
Participant Judith Kerr
Participant Lauren Child
Participant Michael Morpurgo
Participant Michael Rosen
Producer Jill Nicholls
Director Jill Nicholls
Series Editor Alan Yentob


  • Tue 26 Nov 2013 22:35
  • Tue 26 Nov 2013 23:05
  • Tue 26 Nov 2013 23:10
  • Sun 21 Jul 2019 22:30
  • Sun 21 Jul 2019 22:40

Judith Kerr and the story behind The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Judith Kerr and the story behind The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Behind the nostalgia of Judith's work lies a past set against the horror of Nazi Germany.