Tom Hardy and his dog to read CBeebies bedtime story

The star of Locke, Legend and Peaky Blinders now presents... You Must Bring a Hat. Plus: hello, Woodstock!

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“Mummy, why are you so interested in today’s Bedtime Story..?”

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Mums! Got a babysitter for New Year’s Eve? Going out? Start the carnage with a gentle bang by snuggling up with Tom Hardy – the star of Peaky Blinders, The Revenant and The Dark Knight Rises – as he reads the CBeebies Bedtime Story at 6.50pm on the BBC’s pre-school channel.

If that weren’t enough, there’s some canine adorableness in the mix as well: Hardy brought along his dog, Woodstock, for the filming.

Hardy – and Woodstock – will read You Must Bring a Hat by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley, a story about a boy going to a party.

The actor will then return later in January for more CBeebies Bedtime Stories. Woodstock’s participation in future episodes is as yet unconfirmed – although RT’s top industry experts expect they’ll all have been filmed in one session, so fingers crossed.

The channel’s festive storytellers this year also include Isla Fisher, Maureen Lipman, Justin Fletcher, Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes.

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Tom Hardy’s CBeebies Bedtime Story airs at 6.50pm on 31 December