The Gruffalo and Stick Man

Two television adaptations of Julia Donaldson children’s books that have become modern classics.

First up is The Gruffalo. The book sold more than 13 million copies, but this version (featuring the voices of Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden and Robbie Coltrane) was first shown in 2009. It’s the story of a mouse who encounters three predators, all of whom wish to eat him, but who he scares off with stories of the fearsome but fictional (he thinks) Gruffalo. Only for him to then bump into the Gruffalo itself.

Then we’ll be showing Stick Man from 2015, which features Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders and Rob Brydon in lead roles. The story of an anthropomorphised stick, who is separated from his family via a series of mishaps — a dog playing fetch, a group of girls etc — and tries to make it home.

Also, there will be two very special guests — the Gruffalo and Stick Man! — who’ll you’ll be able to meet and have photos with.

This event takes place at 2-3.15pm on Saturday, 24 September.