Tom Hardy is making another CBeebies Bedtime Stories appearance this Christmas.
Christmas has officially come early over at CBeebies HQ, with the news that Tom Hardy is making a return to the Bedtime Stories festive line-up.
Tom has long been a fan favourite (if we’re honest, mainly with the mums ) and often appears with some of his furry friends to help read the bedtime stories. This year, Tom is the gift that keeps on giving, making TWO festive appearances: one on Christmas Eve and another on Christmas Day.
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For his Christmas offerings this year, Tom will delighting tiny tots with two festive stories – and will once again be joined by Blue, his French Bulldog. On Christmas Eve Tom and Blue will read An Odd Dog Christmas by Rob Biddulph. This is the story of a dog on the hunt for the perfect present, before ultimately realising the true meaning of Christmas.
And just when you thought Christmas Day couldn’t get any better than the copious amount of presents and pigs in blankets you’d devoured, Tom is back with another broadcast in which he will narrate The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson.
Last year, Tom too to the Cbeebies Bedtime Stories sofa a whopping six times to read a bunch of our favourite bedtime books. The actor – and most popular CBeebies Bedtime Stories reader ever – read six brand-new stories.
Tom Hardy first appeared on CBeebies back in 2016 and since then his Bedtime Stories have been requested over one million times on BBC iPlayer.
It’s no secret we’ve all been facing challenges during the coronavirus lockdown, and it’s been particularly tough for many parents trying to keep their little ones entertained while we’re all stuck indoors. There are only so many episodes of In The Night Garden we can stomach, right?
Stepping in to the rescue and keen to play his part in keeping kids up and down the country entertained, Tom was a welcome storytime guests in households up and down the country.
His first story, Hug Me, by Simone Ciraolo was about Felipe, a young cactus who really needs a hug but his family just isn’t the touchy-feely kind so he sets off to find a friend of his own – and a hug.
Tom opened the story by saying: “Hello. I’m Tom. Sometimes, on a day like this, I feel strong and happy. But on other days, I just need somebody to give me a hug. Tonight’s bedtime story is all about a little cactus called Felipe, who just wants a hug too.”
He concludes the story by reassuring little viewers: “So, in the end Felipe found someone to hug. It’s not always possible to hug the ones that you love. But they’re always there, in your heart.”
21Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content a BtBC Children, said: “It goes without saying how thrilled we are to have Tom reading more stories for us. It’s during challenging times like this that the BBC serves its purpose to entertain the whole of the UK and these new stories are guaranteed to do just that with their themes of long distance friendship, sharing problems and true courage in overcoming seemingly impossible challenges.”
CBeebies Bedtime Stories in on each weekday at 6.50pm on the CBeebies channel and is also available on BBC iPlayer.
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