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Roald Dahl's Most Marvellous Book

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Bestselling children’s author David Walliams, at his most arch and claiming he's the “Poundland version of Roald Dahl”, introduces a jolly trot through this Top Ten poll of Dahl’s most beloved books. Viewers can vote for their favourites during the programme using Twitter hashtags.

It’s a starry 90 minutes. The mighty and all-conquering Steven Spielberg picks The BFG, perhaps unsurprisingly as he’s just made a film of it with Mark Rylance. Laconic comic Romesh Ranganathan, a former teacher, reads aloud from his adored The Twits to a rapt group of primary schoolchildren.

There’s a sweet moment when one little girl giggles and pipes up with, “You used to be my mummy’s teacher.”

Along the way, we hear from Dahl’s daughter Lucy and various Dahl experts, and learn that the author hated beards. Any man with a beard, he decreed, had something to hide.


David Walliams presents a look at the author's 10 most popular children's books to mark the centenary of his birth. Viewers have the chance to vote for their favourite of the 10 novels featured, which include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Witches, Matilda and The Twits. Featuring contributions from Steven Spielberg, Julie Walters, Richard Curtis, Mackenzie Crook, Jarvis Cocker, Johnny Vegas, Jessica Hynes and Miriam Margolyes.

Cast & Crew

Presenter David Walliams
Contributor Steven Spielberg
Contributor Julie Walters
Contributor Richard Curtis
Contributor Mackenzie Crook
Contributor Jarvis Cocker
Contributor Johnny Vegas
Contributor Jessica Hynes
Contributor Miriam Margolyes
Director Chris Faith
Director Marcus Liversedge
Executive Producer Jonno Richards
Executive Producer Leon Wilson
Series Producer Neil Calow
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