Tom Hardy returns to read CBeebies Bedtime Stories
Staff Reporter | On 15, Apr 2020
There’s good news for parents and kids alike this April, as Tom Hardy returns to CBeebies to read Bedtimes Stories for a week.
The channel’s most popular Bedtime Stories reader, the actor first appeared on CBeebies back in 2016. Since then his Bedtime Stories have been requested 1 million times on BBC iPlayer. Now, he will return to our screens with a selection of brand new stories to settle the nation’s children down before they make their weary way to bed, providing relief for both kids and their parents.
Tom, who was accompanied by his adorable French bulldog, Blue, for some of the stories, will snuggle down for six stories, reading one a day from Monday 27th April to Friday 1st May, with the date of his sixth, and final, story yet to be confirmed.
He will read his first, Hug Me by Simone Ciraolo, on Monday 27th April at 6.50pm on CBeebies. It is about Felipe the young cactus who really needs a hug but his family just isn’t the touchy-feely kind so he sets off to find a friend of his own – and a hug.
Tom opens the story by saying: “Hello. I’m Tom. Sometimes, on a day like this, I feel strong and happy. But on other days, I just need somebody to give me a hug. Tonight’s bedtime story is all about a little cactus called Felipe, who just wants a hug too.”
He concludes the story by reassuring viewers: “So, in the end Felipe found someone to hug. It’s not always possible to hug the ones that you love. But they’re always there, in your heart.”
Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content, BBC Children’s, says: “It goes without saying how thrilled we are to have Tom reading more stories for us. It’s during challenging times like this that the BBC serves its purpose to entertain the whole of the UK and these new stories are guaranteed to do just that with their themes of long distance friendship, sharing problems and true courage in overcoming seemingly impossible challenges.”
The filming of Tom’s new stories was carried out in his garden and in line with the social distancing guidelines.
CBeebies Bedtime Stories in on each weekday at 6.50pm on the CBeebies channel and is also available on BBC iPlayer. Here’s the line-up for Tom Week:
Monday 27th April – Hug Me by Simone Ciraolo
Felipe the young cactus who really needs a hug but his family just isn’t the touchy-feely kind so he sets off to find a friend of his own – and a hug.
Tuesday 28th April – Under The Same Sky by Robert Vescio and Nicky Johnston
Two children on opposite sides of the world crave friendship. Is it possible to be friends across the miles?
Wednesday 29th April – There’s A Tiger In The Garden by Lizzy Stewart
About the power of imagination being able to take you anywhere, even for Nora who doesn’t believe her Grandma when she says she’s seen a tiger in the garden.
Thursday 30th April – Don’t Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton
About mustering the courage to try something new and how saying: “Don’t worry, I’m here” can help tentative little crabs discover the brilliant worlds that await when they take the plunge.
Friday 1st May – The Problem With Problems by Rachel Rooney and Zehra Hicks
Tom tells the bold, humorous and insightful story about how to deal with problems.