David Tennant will be providing the voice of The Highway Rat in a BBC adaptation of the eponymous children's book by Julia Donaldson. David's take on the ravenous rodent will be seen in a half hour animated special to be screened on BBC One over the Christmas period.
"Give me your buns and your biscuits! Give me your chocolate eclairs!
For I am the Rat of the highway, and the Rat Thief never shares!"
Other voice cast includes Rob Brydon, Nina Sosanya, Tom Hollander and Frances de le Tour.
The Highway Rat is a co-production between BBC One and Magic Light Pictures, the collaboration that brought Stick Man to life for Christmas 2015.
Michael Rose, Co-Founder, Magic Light Pictures, says: “We’re delighted to be in production with our next Donaldson/Scheffler title for BBC One. Julia and Axel have given us another brilliant story to work from – a swashbuckling tale of bandits and biscuits for all the family to enjoy.”
Elizabeth Kilgarriff, BBC Commissioning Editor, says: "I am thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Magic Light to make this special animation for BBC One. There isn't a better team to bring the Highway Rat to television screens. It will be a Christmas treat for all the family."