The Snail and the Whale – Everything you need to know about the big BBC1 Christmas Day animation

All-star voice cast includes Dame Diana Rigg!

A new animated version of Julian Donaldson’s magical tale The Snail and the Whale will be one of the highlights of BBC1’s Christmas Day line-up. And in a bonus to fans of Julia Donaldson The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Stick Man, Zog, Room on the Broom and The Highway Rat are all being repeated on BBC1 over the festive period!

Written by Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, The Snail and The Whale follows the enchanting 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.

The Snail and the Whale Cover

The Snail and the Whale was first published in 2003

The Snail and the Whale swim through a coral reef

The Snail and the Whale swim through a coral reef in the new animated adventure

And the BBC has revealed a fabulous voice cast for the animated version with Paddington’s Sally Hawkins as Snail, Gavin & Stacey’s Rob Brydon as Whale and former Bond girl Dame Diana Ring as the Narrator.

The Beeb has previously brought to screen other Donaldson creations, including The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Stick Man (repeated Christmas Day) and, last Christmas, Zog (repeated Christmas Day).

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The Snail and The Whale BBC Christmas

The Snail and The Whale go on a joyous adventure

The Snail and The Whale

The Snail and The Whale promises to be a magical Christmas highlight

Rob, who famously voiced Snake for The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child (both being repeated on Christmas Eve on BBC1), 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.”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC’s version of The Gruffalo and the 20th anniversary of the book’s original publication.

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Zog BBC1 Christmas 2018

Zog was one of the highlight’s of BBC1’s Christmas schedule last year

What time will The Snail and The Whale be shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day?

It will be screened at 2.30pm. Don’t miss it!

And when is The Gruffalo on BBC1 on Christmas Eve?

The popular children’s book The Gruffalo comes to life in this Aardman animation. It tells the tale of a mouse making its way through a forest full ofpredators with the protection of an imaginary monster who turns out to
be all-too real. Robbie Coltrane provides the voice of the Gruffalo,
with James Corden, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson and Helena Bonham Carter
also among the cast.

The Gruffalo is being repeated on Christmas Eve

The Gruffalo is being shown at 9.45am on Christmas Eve.

When is The Gruffalo’s Child on BBC1 on Christmas Eve?

The Gruffalo’s Child is on BBC1 on Christmas Eve at 10.15am – so straight after The Gruffalo!

When is Stick Man on BBC1 on Christmas Day?

‘I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, that’s me!

Stick Man is being repeated on Christmas Day

Stick Man is on BBC1 on Christmas Day at 8.55 am.

When is Zog on BBC1 on Christmas Day?

Zog is on BBC1 on Christmas Day at 9.25am on BBC1.

When is Room on the Broom on Boxing Day on BBC1?

Room on the Broom is being shown on Boxing Day on BBC1 at 1.25pm.

When is The Highway Rat on?

Monday 30th December on BBC1 at 11.35am.