Gavin & Stacey stars reunite in Wales for Roald Dahl film on Sky
Filming is due to start today (August 24) on Sky original Roald & Beatrix, the tail of the curious mouse, which will be shot on location in Wales and at Seren Studios in Cardiff.
Starring Dawn French as Beatrix Potter the Christmas special will dramatise the real-life meeting between a six-year-old Dahl and his idol, Potter.
Brydon will appear as the children's author's husband, William, though it is not known what role Gavin & Stacey co-star Steadman will take. The last time the two appeared on screen together was on last Christmas' hugely popular Gavin & Stacey special.
Roald and Beatrix will also star Jessica Hynes, Bill Bailey, Alison Steadman, Nina Sosanya and Nick Mohammed and has been written by Abi Wilson who has worked on Stella and Trollied.
Sky stated the film would portray Beatrix coming to the end of her career, under pressure from her publishers, losing the will to write more children’s stories and with her eyesight failing her.
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A chance visit between the author of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck and a six-year-old Roald (Harry Tayler) sees him embark on a big adventure filled with unpredictable and humorous characters (Steadman & Bailey) all of whom ignite Roald’s imagination and provide comfort to his grieving mother.
You can see Roald & Beatrix, the tail of the curious mouse, on Sky One and NOW TV this Christmas.
Elaine Cameron, Producer at Hartswood Films, said: “This film follows a joyous and magical journey involving two of Britain’s most loved children’s authors. As filmmakers in the middle of a world-wide pandemic, we are similarly embarking on a journey – quite unlike anything any of us have ever experienced.
"The optimism and resilience of the cast and crew and the bravery of Sky to back us to the hilt, is as inspiring to me as a producer as the story itself. We are delighted that Abi’s wonderful writing has attracted such a stunningly funny cast."