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Channel 4 announces ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ for Christmas 2019

The much loved Children’s book ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by Judith Kerr is set to be made into an animated adaption by the makers of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ‘The Snowman and The Snowdog’ for Christmas 2019. 

Image credit: Channel 4 – The Tiger Who Came to Tea


The all-star cast has been announced for the animated film. In the line up is Benedict Cumberbatch, Tamsin Greig, David Oyelowo, Paul Whitehouse and seven-year old newcomer Clara Ross will all be taking up roles in the festive film.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea follows the story of a little girl called Sophie who discovers a cheeky Tiger who turns up unannounced and eats and drinks Sophie and mummy out of house, home and bathwater before disappearing into the night.

The much loved picture book has had a new hand-drawn animated special commissioned by Channel 4, produced by Lupus Films and HarperCollins. The book celebrated its 50th anniversary last year making it a firm family favourite and a special animation will air as a festive treat in 2019.

Chloe Tucker, Commissioning Executive, Channel 4 Drama said “We are delighted to bring Judith Kerr’s iconic and much-loved children’s book to our screens. The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a timeless classic, and we hope this film will capture the same special place in every family’s imagination watching it. This will be real a Christmas treat, created by the wonderful Lupus Films, who created We’re Going on a Bear Hunt for us and whose hand-drawn animation is perfect for bringing classic children’s books to life.”

Are you looking forward to seeing the animation this Christmas 2019?

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