Revolting Rhymes for BBC One

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11:30am, 20th November
Revolting Rhymes
Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Magic Light Pictures will produce two half-hour animated films based on Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes for Christmas 2016

"I guess you think you know this story. You don't. The real one's much more gory." - Cinderella

Roald Dahl's much loved Revolting Rhymes  - which brilliantly retell classic fairy stories such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood (home to the immortal line, "she whips a pistol from her knickers") and Jack and the Beanstalk, with surprising twists and delightful illustrations by Sir Quentin Blake - are being adapted for the BBC.

Magic Light Pictures, producers of the Oscar nominated The Gruffalo and Room On The Broom, will produce two half-hour animated films based on the book for Christmas 2016, Roald Dahl's centenary year.

The films will be produced by Martin Pope and Michael Rose for Magic Light Pictures, executive produced by Polly Hill for the BBC and directed by Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh.

Martin Pope says: "We're delighted to be bringing Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes to BBC One. Roald Dahl is one the world's favourite storytellers and Quentin Blake's drawings are inspirational. We look forward to bringing these films to a BBC audience."

For more information on the BBC's new commissions, take a look here.

Revolting Rhymes is the second Roald Dahl title set to make a Christmas splash - this year, Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman star in Esio Trot, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1990 story about the lovestruck Mr Hoppy, the lovely Mrs Silver, and a small tortoise called Alfie.

2016 also marks 100 years since Roald Dahl's birth and the release of Steven Spielberg's adaptation of The BFG, starring Mark Rylance. It's going to be quite a year...

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