The Snail and the Whale: When is it on TV? Who are the voice cast? Everything you need to know

Discover the latest magical children’s tale from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler being adapted for festive TV.

The Christmas tradition of keeping kids entertained with a Julia Donaldson classic is continuing for another year.

Enjoying its moment in the spotlight this festive season is The Snail and the Whale – here’s all you need to know about the forthcoming adaptation.

When is The Snail and the Whale on TV?

Although The Snail and the Whale’s air date hasn’t been announced yet, it seems pretty safe to assume that it will be on Christmas Day.

Previous adaptations of books by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, have been shown on BBC One on Christmas Day afternoon, so it looks likely that 2019’s schedules will be the same.

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What is The Snail and the Whale?

The well-loved children’s tale comes from children’s author favourite Julia Donaldson, illustrated by her long-time collaborator Scheffler.

It was published in 2003 and tells the story of a tiny snail who so longs to see the world that she hitches a ride on the tail of a humpback whale.

Together, the unlikely friends see snowy landscapes, tropical jungles, volcanoes, underground caves, and many incredible creatures.

But the snail is left feeling tiny against the vastness of the world – until one day the whale becomes beached, and she sees her chance to make a difference.

Who is in the voice cast?

So far, no one has yet been announced for the voice cast, but if previous years are anything to go by then it should include some big-name stars.

Last year’s Donaldson-Scheffler adaptation, Zog, was narrated by Lenny Henry. Before that, James Corden voiced the mouse in the Gruffalo adaptations and The Highway Rat featured Rob Brydon and David Tennant.

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Which other Julia Donaldson books have been adapted for TV?

The Snail and the Whale will mark the seventh adaptation of one of the popular writer’s works for children.

First up was classic tale The Gruffalo, followed by its sequel The Gruffalo’s Child.

BBC One went on to screen Room on the Broom, Stick Man, and The Highway Rat.

The most recent adaptation was Zog, which premiered on BBC One on Christmas Day 2018.

The Snail and the Whale will air at Christmas on BBC One.

See Julia Donaldson’s adaptations again with BT TV – look out for them on the BBC iPlayer app over Christmas.

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