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Roald & Beatrix starring Dawn French: When’s it on? How can I watch it?

First look at The Vicar of Dibley star as the famous author Beatrix Potter

Dawn French will portray Beatrix Potter in Sky One’s Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse – but when’s it on and how can I watch it?

The popular TV actress will ditch her Vicar of Dibley cassock when she joins an all-star cast for a heart-warming Christmas film.

Here’s everything we know about the one-off drama.

Dawn French as Beatrix Potter
Roald & Beatrix starring Dawn French: When’s it on? How can I watch it? (Credit: Sky)

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What’s Roald & Beatrix about?

The film is set in the 1920s and inspired by the true story of when a six-year-old Roald Dahl meets his idol Beatrix Potter.

The channel promises “a magical story of what really can happen when you are brave enough to follow your dreams”.

And we all need a bit of magic right now!

We follow famed author Beatrix Potter who is coming to the end of her career, and being hounded by her publisher.

Two hundred miles away in Wales, we meet an anxious young boy called Roald, who has recently lost his older sister and now his father.

Having found solace and comfort in books, he is encouraged to visit his hero Beatrix Potter…

Elaine Cameron, Producer at Hartswood Films, said: “This film follows a joyous and magical journey involving two of Britain’s most loved children’s authors.

“As filmmakers in the middle of a world-wide pandemic, we are similarly embarking on a journey – quite unlike anything any of us have ever experienced.”

Dawn French as Beatrix Potter
Harry Taylor and Dawn French will appear in Roald & Beatrix (Credit: Sky One)

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When is it on?

Roald and Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse will air on Christmas Eve at 8.15pm.

You can also catch it on NOW TV from Christmas Eve onwards.

How can I watch it?

The uplifting 90-minute comedy drama will air on Sky One from Christmas Eve.

It will also be available on the streaming service NOW TV.

Dawn French as Beatrix Potter
Heartwarming Christmas drama – we can’t wait to watch this one! (Credit: Sky One)

Who is in the cast?

Dawn French plays Beatrix Potter, opposite Harry Taylor’s Roald Dahl.

Jessica Hynes, Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman, Nick Mohammed and Nina Sosanya all star in the drama.

Strictly sensation Bill Bailey also appears in the Sky original drama.

Four Weddings actor John Hannah will narrate the tale.

Is there a trailer?

Sky has released its first trailer of the film (see below).

We see Beatrix Potter meeting the young Roald for the first time in a snow-covered landscape.

Jessica Hynes, Alison Steadman and Nina Sosanya all appear in the trailer, and you might just recognise the train driver…

Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse air on Christmas Eve on Sky One at 8pm.

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