The Tiger Who Came To Tea: Channel 4 announces star-studded cast

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David Walliams, Benedict Cumberbatch and more will appear in Channel 4’s take on The Tiger Who Came To Tea, which is set to air this Christmas…

The official press bumf describes the project thusly: “Based on the classic children’s book by the much-loved Judith Kerr OBE, who sadly died in May this year, the half-hour film will bring to life the vivid images and irresistible story of this classic picture book turning it into a truly festive family treat.”

Alongside Cumberbatch and Walliams in the cast will be Tamsin Greig, David Oyelowo and Paul Whitehouse. Cumberbatch plays Daddy, Grieg is Mummy, Oyelowo is the Tiger, Walliams is the Narrator and Whitehouse is the Milkman.

Rounding out the cast is Clara Ross, a seven-year-old newcomer that will make her TV debut by voicing the central role of Sophie.

Walliams says this about the project: “I knew Judith well and I really adored her. She was an incredible inspiration – her work is so brilliant. The book is a thing of beauty – there isn’t a word out of place, the illustrations are just gorgeous. I really wanted to be a part of it and I was chuffed that she wanted me to narrate. I’m so proud to be associated with it because it’s a stone cold classic. Just like the book has been around for over 50 years, hopefully the animation will have this incredible longevity too.”

Joanna Harrison, co-director of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and co-writer/art director of The Snowman And The Snowdog, is in charge of adapting the book to the screen.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.