Dominic West leads Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes Christmas Special

David Walliams, Rose Leslie, Isaac Hempstead Wright & Gemma Chan among cast

BBC One has announced the cast for Magic Light Pictures (Stick Man, The Gruffalo) animation of Roald Dahl’s 1982 mischievous collection of Revolting Rhymes.

Shown as two half-hour films this Christmas, Revolting Rhymes is a collection of six witty rhymes – originally illustrated by Quentin Blake – retelling classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings.

The all-star voice cast will feature, Dominic West voicing the Narrator Wolf; David Walliams and Rob Brydon voicing the Ugly Sisters as well as Jack’s Mother and the King respectively; Bertie Carvel plays both the Magic Mirror and the Prince; and Tamsin Greig plays the Babysitter and Miss Maclahose. Other members voice key roles with Gemma Chan as Snow White, Rose Leslie as Red Riding Hood, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Jack and Bel Powley as Cindy..

Dominic West says: “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.”

David Walliams added: “I absolutely loved working on these films. I’m a massive fan of Dahl’s work and to be able to voice his characters was a real treat”.

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

Revolting Rhymes is animated by Magic Light’s Berlin studio and at Triggerfish Animation in Cape Town.