All-star cast for The Tiger Who Came to Tea TV special

Benedict Cumberbatch, Tamsin Greig, David Oyelowo, David Walliams and Paul Whitehouse all feature in the Channel 4 Christmas special

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 29.07.2019 | Watch

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Benedict Cumberbatch, David Walliams, Tamsin Greig and Paul Whitehouse lead an all-star cast boarding a new animation for The Tiger Who Came to Tea, set to air this Christmas.

An all-star cast will bring The Tiger Who Came To Tea to life on the small screen this Christmas, in a new adaptation from Lupus Films and HarperCollins airing on Channel 4.

Benedict Cumberbatch – who “couldn’t be more thrilled” with the role – Tamsin Greig, David Oyelowo, David Walliams and Paul Whitehouse will portray the familiar characters of Daddy, Mummy, Tiger, Narrator and Milkman respectively, while seven-year-old newcomer Clara Ross makes her TV debut as Sophie.

David Walliams, who plays the Narrator, says: “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.” 

The half-hour film will bring to life the vivid images and story of the classic children’s book by Judith Kerr, who sadly passed away this summer, turning it into a truly festive family treat.

Ruth Fielding, producer for Lupus Films, says: “We are thrilled to have attached such an amazing cast to bring to life the characters in this timeless family favourite. It’s a real honour to be working with such a glittering array of talent who are going to help make this animation truly special.”


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