Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse. Image shows from L to R: Roald Dahl (Harry Tayler), Beatrix Potter (Dawn French). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd.

Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse

Sky One comedy drama about literary giants. 1 episode in 2020. Stars Dawn French, Harry Tayler, Jessica Hynes, Rob Brydon and others.

Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse. Image shows from L to R: Beatrix Potter (Dawn French), Roald Dahl (Harry Tayler). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd.

Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse

Christmas comedy special about the real-life meeting of Beatrix Potter and Roald Dahl

Comedy Drama
Sky One
Dawn French, Harry Tayler, Jessica Hynes, Rob Brydon, Nina Sosanya, Nick Mohammed, Alison Steadman, Bill Bailey and others
Abigail Wilson
David Kerr
Elaine Cameron

A heart-warming comedy drama film inspired by the true story of when a six-year-old Roald Dahl met his idol Beatrix Potter. A magical story of what really can happen when you are brave enough to follow your dreams...

The famed author Beatrix Potter is coming to the end of her career. With her publisher hounding her for her next draft, she's unable to concentrate and has had enough of writing children's books. It's not just her motivation that she has lost, her optometrist has recognised she has failing eyesight. With Christmas approaching, Beatrix is pressured, feeling increasingly out of touch with her readers, not to mention the trespassing fans and jovial door-knocking carol singers.

Her Cumbrian farm and ever-growing Herdwick sheep collection, her long-suffering husband William and disobedient animals including much loved pig called Sally, act as her only real comfort as she looks for inspiration and resists taking the easy way out with her Publisher.

Two hundred or so miles away in Wales, life is changing for an anxious young boy called Roald. Having recently lost his older sister and now his father, the once happy six-year-old has found solace and comfort in books. The beloved tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck fill his mind, distracting him from the funeral, sadness and the revelation that he might be sent to boarding school.

Wanting to run away, he is encouraged by his mother Sophie to follow his dreams and visit his hero Beatrix Potter. Roald pushes his anxiety aside and they set off on his first big adventure. Their extraordinary journey is filled with unpredictable and humorous characters all of whom ignite Roald's imagination and provide comfort to his grieving mother.

The dream of meeting his favourite author is eventually realised and their very special encounter proves to be both a magical and life changing moment for them both.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Roald & Beatrix
  • Roald & Beatrix, The Tail Of The Curious Mouse (Working title)
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 24th December 2020 on Sky One at 2am
Episode length
90 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 1st January 2021 at 5:30pm

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