Channel 4 has set the core cast for The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Tamsin Greig (Episodes) David Oyelowo (Les Miserables) David Walliams (Little Britain), Paul Whitehouse (Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing) and newcomer Clara Ross are set to star in their animated Judith Kerr adaptation.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea tells the delightful story of what happens when the doorbell rings just as Sophie and her Mummy are sitting down to tea in the kitchen. Confronted with a very unexpected guest – a big, furry, stripy tiger – they invite him inside where he proceeds to eat everything in sight before making a timely exit, just before Daddy gets home.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as Daddy; Tamsin Greig as Mummy; David Oyelowo as the Tiger; David Walliams as the Narrator; Paul Whitehouse as Milkman; and Clara Ross as Sophie.
The half-hour special, which is set to air this Christmas, was adapted for television by Joanna Harrison. Lupus Films are producing, with Camilla Deakin, Ruth Fielding, Ann-Janine Murtagh, Katie Fulford and Mia Jupp serving as executive producers. Universal Content Group will handle global sales.
“We’re delighted to have assembled such a fantastic cast to tell this wonderful and much-loved children’s classic”, said Channel 4’s Head of Drama Caroline Hollick, who commissioned The Tiger Who Came To Tea alongside Channel 4’s Commissioning Executive for Drama Chloe Tucker. “It really does promise to be a fabulous festive treat for all the family.”