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The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl

Fighter pilot, inventor, spy - the life of Roald Dahl is often stranger than fiction. From crashing his plane over Africa to hobnobbing in Hollywood ,and his remarkable encounters with everyone from Walt Disney to President Roosevelt - this is the story of his greatest adventures, and how his real-life escapades find expression in his most famous books, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Matilda.

Through a vast collection of his letters, writings and archive, the story is told largely in his own words, with contributions from his last wife Liccy, daughter Lucy and biographer Donald Sturrock. Long-term collaborator and illustrator Quentin Blake also creates exclusive new drawings for the film which are specially animated to bring Dahl's marvellous world to life.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Fri 30 Dec 2016 17:30


Role Contributor
ProducerAndrew Thompson
DirectorAndrew Thompson
Executive ProducerPauline Law

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Behind the scenes: Quentin Blake's revelations of Roald

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Producer/Director, Andrew Thompson shares his experience of meeting Quentin Blake.

Quentin Blake on working with a big friendly giant

Quentin Blake

At his studio Sir Quentin gives a deeply personal insight into working with Dahl.

Awesome Authors

Awesome Authors

A celebration of children's literature, centred on Roald Dahl's centenary.

Roald and Sofie

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What does Dahl's correspondence with his mother Sofie tell us about his writing?