After spending over 50 years as Britain's best loved picture book, and over 10 years on stage, The Tiger Who Came To Tea is being adapted into a children’s TV show!
Lupus Films, the team behind We're Going on a Bear Hunt and The Snowman and The Snowdog is developing the TV special. The studio is now working alongside the book’s publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books to co-produce a new hand-drawn animated special of the title.
Judith Kerr’s world-famous book, which has sold more than five million copies since it was first published in 1968, tells the story of a greedy tiger who visits a little girl Sophie, and her Mummy, and eats and drinks everything in their house! The tea-guzzling tiger, who turns up unannounced and eats and drinks Sophie and mummy out of house, home and bathwater before disappearing into the night, has been delighting multiple generations of children.
And to make this brand new 30 minute adaptation even more magical, the TV special will be aired around Christmas - The perfect excuse to cuddle up with the little ones with a Tiger-inspired Christmas hot chocolate or milkshake! Find out how to make your very own milkshake here.
Kerr, 95, is also the author of the Mog books as well as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, a version of her childhood experiences of fleeing Germany before World War 2.
Kerr recently received an Oldie Of The Year award and told the audience how the book about the greedy tiger came to fruition.
Judith said: "The Tiger Who Came To Tea is a story I made up for my two-year-old daughter, who was very bossy "So when she and her brother were both at school I thought I'd try to make it into a picture book."
"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 will be roaring its way back to London this summer! Playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End from 11 July until 4 September 2022, this is one of the best London attractions for kids aged 3+ this summer, so why not book your tickets and enjoy a day out to remember? The show runs for 55-minutes long and is based on the popular children’s picture book by Judith Kerr.