BBC announces star-studded cast to bring Julia Donaldson’s children’s book to life


Rob Brydon and Bill Bailey are among the stars who will turn the much-loved children’s book The Smeds And The Smoos into a BBC Christmas production.

he film will be the latest adaptation of the popular books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, following The Gruffalo, Zog And The Flying Doctors and, most recently, Superworm.

Gavin and Stacey star Brydon returns for his 10th production as Uncle Smoo, alongside Strictly Come Dancing champion Bailey, who will play Grandpa Smed.


Rob Brydon will play Uncle Smoo (BBC/PA)

Rob Brydon will play Uncle Smoo (BBC/PA)

The voice cast will also feature Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh as Grandma Smoo, two-time Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins as the narrator, and comedian Meera Syal as Aunt Smed.

The film will tell the story of a pair of aliens from two rival groups who fall in love, earning strong disapproval from their families.

Sex Education star Ashna Rabheru will play Janet while All American actor Daniel Ezra will play Bill, and the pair will lead the cast through a cosmic adventure.

The film is directed by Daniel Snaddon and Samatha Cutler while Barney Goodland and Martin Pope have been named producers.

The Smeds And The Smoos by Donaldson and Scheffler will be on BBC One at Christmas.

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