Magic Light Pictures' take on Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes to air this Christmas

Billy Langsworthy

By Billy Langsworthy

October 21st 2016 at 10:30AM
Magic Light Pictures' take on Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes to air this Christmas

Revolting Rhymes will be shown as two half-hour films on BBC One this Christmas, boasting a voice cast including Dominic West, David Walliams and Rob Brydon.

Magic Light Pictures will bring Roald Dahl’s mischievous Revolting Rhymes to the screen this Christmas as two animated specials to air this Christmas 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 voice cast for Revolting Rhymes boasts Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright.

Walliams and Brydon are voicing the Ugly Sisters as well as Jack’s Mother and the King respectively, Carvel plays both the Magic Mirror and the Prince while Tamsin Greig plays the Babysitter and Miss Maclahose. Other members voice key roles with West as the Wolf, Chan as Snow White, Leslie as Red Riding Hood, Wright as Jack and Powley as Cindy.

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

Dominic West added: "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."

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, which premiered on BBC One in Christmas 2012; The Gruffalo (2009) and The Gruffalo’s Child (2011).

“It’s been an amazing honour to bring these wonderful rhymes to life," said Magic Light Pictures co-founder Martin Pope.

"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.”

Luke Kelly, managing director of The Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson, added: “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.”