The Snail and the Whale: When is it on? Who are the voice cast? Everything we know so far

All you need to know about the adaptation of Julia Donaldson's magical tale.

By Katie Archer Published: 05 July 2019 - 9.18am

The Christmas tradition of keeping kids entertained with a Julia Donaldson classic is continuing for another year.

Enjoying its moment in the spotlight for the 2019 festive season is The Snail and the Whale – here’s all you need to know about the forthcoming adaptation.

When is The Snail and the Whale on TV?

Although The Snail and the Whale’s air date hasn’t been announced yet, it seems pretty safe to assume that it will be on Christmas Day.

Previous adaptations of books by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, have been shown on BBC One on Christmas Day afternoon, so it looks likely that 2019’s schedules will be the same.

Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson pose for a photo with the Gruffalo

The Christmas tradition of keeping kids entertained with a Julia Donaldson classic is continuing for another year.

Enjoying its moment in the spotlight for the 2019 festive season is The Snail and the Whale – here’s all you need to know about the forthcoming adaptation.

When is The Snail and the Whale on TV?

Although The Snail and the Whale’s air date hasn’t been announced yet, it seems pretty safe to assume that it will be on Christmas Day.

Previous adaptations of books by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, have been shown on BBC One on Christmas Day afternoon, so it looks likely that 2019’s schedules will be the same.

Watch the trailer for The Gruffalo here: 

Who is in the voice cast?

So far, no one has yet been announced for the voice cast, but if previous years are anything to go by then it should include some big-name stars.

Last year’s Donaldson-Scheffler adaptation, Zog, was narrated by Lenny Henry. Before that, James Corden voiced the mouse in the Gruffalo adaptations, and The Highway Rat featured Rob Brydon and David Tennant.

Which other Julia Donaldson books have been adapted for TV?

The Snail and the Whale will mark the seventh adaptation of one of the popular writer’s works for children.

First up was classic tale The Gruffalo, followed by its sequel The Gruffalo’s Child.

Watch a preview of The Highway Rat here:

 

BBC One went on to screen Room on the Broom, Stick Man, and The Highway Rat.

The most recent adaptation was Zog, which premiered on BBC One on Christmas Day 2018.

The Snail and the Whale will air at Christmas on BBC One.

The Snail and the Whale: When is it on? Who are the voice cast? Everything we know so far