The Hollywood hunk and Taboo star is returning to Cbeebies to get us all in the mood for bed...

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The BBC has scheduled a treat for women on Mother’s Day – actor Tom Hardy will be back on our screens reading a  bedtime story.

Tom, 39, will return to CBeebies, where the star’s previous efforts have been a huge hit, although not necessarily with the channel’s target audience of pre-schoolers.

Tom Hardy on CBeebies
A new snap of Tom Hardy on CBeebies (BBC/PA)

Instead, adults have admitted switching over to the children’s TV channel to watch the heartthrob read a children’s story intended for little ones up to the age of five or six.

Now CBeebies has said the Taboo star will be back for Mother’s Day, reading There’s A Bear On My Chair by Ross Collins, a story about an angry little mouse who is desperately trying to move a bear from his chair.

Ahead of Tom’s return, the BBC  has released cosy new pictures  of the Oscar-nominated actor, sitting next to a cuddly polar bear toy, against a library backdrop,  with a little toy white mouse poking out of his shirt pocket.

Tom Hardy (BBC/Press Association Images)
Tom Hardy (BBC/PA)

When Tom who’s starred in blockbuster films including First Knight, The Revenant and Mad Max:Fury Road,  appeared on screen on New Year’s Eve and later  Valentine’s Day, thousands of excited mums confessed to watching the story after their children were asleep and shared their appreciation of Tom’s bedtime reading on twitter.

The star was filmed reading You Must Bring A Hat by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley,  on the sofa with his sleepy rescue dog, Woodstock, nestled up against his thighs. Lucky Woodstock!

Dad of two Tom, who will also be returning to our screens in a new BBC1 series of Taboo which has recently been recommissioned,  follows in the footsteps of actors  Damian Lewis, Sir Derek Jacobi, James McAvoy and former Doctor Who star David Tennant, as well as astronaut Tim Peake, in signing up for the popular CBeebies slot.

Tom’s episode of Bedtime Stories will air on Sunday March 26 from 6.50pm to 7pm on CBeebies