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As a part of the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth (and as a part of the BBC’s Awesome Authors season) BBC2 will be airing a special programme looking at the life of the author. The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl (8pm, Saturday 23rd July, BBC2) considers Dahl’s remarkable life story through interviews and archive footage.
Fighter pilot, inventor, spy – the life of Roald Dahl is often stranger than fiction. From crashing his plane over Africa to hobnobbing in Hollywood and his remarkable encounters with everyone from Walt Disney to President Roosevelt – this is the story of his greatest adventures and how his real-life escapades find expression in his most famous books, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Matilda.
Through a vast collection of his letters, writings and archive, the story is told largely in his own words with contributions from his last wife Liccy, daughter Lucy and biographer Donald Sturrock. Long-term collaborator and illustrator Quentin Blake also creates exclusive new drawings for the film which are specially animated to bring Dahl’s marvellous world to life.
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Quentin Blake’s Memories of Roald Dahl clip, from The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl
The BFG’s Whoopsy Wiffling Special Language clip, from The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl the spy? Clip, from The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl
Gremlins introduced Roald Dahl to the American President clip,from The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl