The Tiger Who Came To Tea set for animated show as kid’s favourite brought to life

Children’s favourite The Tiger Who Came To Tea is set to be adapted for television.

Channel 4 has revealed the adaptation of the well-loved children’s book will be aired, with hand-drawn animation bringing to life Judith Kerr’s story.

The special will be from the makers of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, and will be broadcast this Christmas.

The book is world famous, have sold more than five million copies since it was first published in 1968.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea set for animated show as kid's favourite brought to life

The children’s favourite is set to become a TV show

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It tells the story of a tea-guzzling tiger, who turns up unannounced and eats and drinks Sophie and her mother out of house and home.

The 95-year-old author also weore the Mog books as well as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, a version of her childhood experiences of fleeing the Nazis.

She recently received an Oldie Of The Year award and told the audience how the book about the greedy tiger came to fruition.

"The Tiger Who Came To Tea is a story I made up for my two-year-old daughter, who was very bossy," she said.

"I used to tell her all sorts of other stories as well, which I thought were perfectly good, which she dismissed with the words ‘Talk the Tiger’.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea set for animated show as kid's favourite brought to life

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
(Image: Getty)

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"So when she and her brother were both at school I thought I’d try to make it into a picture book."

Ruth Fielding, producer and co-founder of Lupus Films, said: "We are delighted to be creating a new animated film for Channel 4 using our unique hand-drawn style.

"This timeless tale, with huge cross-generational appeal, is the perfect literary classic to adapt for a seasonal special when the whole family can come together to watch it.

"We cannot wait to bring Judith’s delightful illustrations to life in animation and have assembled an exceptional team to do so".

The Tiger Who Came To Tea set for animated show as kid's favourite brought to life

British children’s writer and illustrator Judith Kerr
(Image: Reuters)

Chloe Tucker, commissioning executive of Channel 4 drama, said: "We are delighted to bring Judith Kerr’s iconic and much-loved children’s book to our screens.

"The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a timeless classic, and we hope this film will capture the same special place in every family’s imagination watching it."

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