BBC One has announced the cast for 2019 Christmas animation, The Snail And The Whale.
Multi Oscar-nominated production company Magic Light Pictures will bring the long-time favourite children’s picture book to the screen this festive season.
The beautiful tale of an unlikely friendship, a tour of the world and a heroic rescue will be voiced by star British acting talent, Sally Hawkins (Paddington, The Shape Of Water) as Snail, Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey, The Trip) as Whale, Cariad Lloyd (Peep Show, Murder in Successville) as Teacher and Dame Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones, Victoria) as the Narrator.
Rob Brydon, who has starred in all of Magic Light’s animated specials, said: “It’s always so wonderful to work with Magic Light on these animated specials for Christmas.
"The Snail and the Whale is a longstanding favourite in our house. It’s an epic journey across the globe, where the tiniest creature and the mightiest mammal experiences the vastness of our planet together.”
Written in 2003 by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creators of the modern classic The Gruffalo, the picture book is published by Macmillan Children’s Books.
The Snail And The Whale follows the amazing journey of a tiny snail who longs to see the world and manages to hitch a ride on the tail of a huge humpback whale.
A joyous, empowering story about the natural wonders of the world and discovering that however small you are, you can make a difference.
The Snail And The Whale will air on BBC One on Christmas Day at 2.30pm to 3pm.
Acquired for BBC One, by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and Tommy Bulfin, Commissioning Editor, BBC.