How cute! Do you think they had Benedict record the kissing sound for when Daddy gives his little girl a kiss? I keep picturing him in the recording studio, wanting to do it over and over, saying “Can we try it again?”
For many children, the most magical part of the book is the ending, when Daddy returns home and decides that the little family should head out into the night and find a cafe. Sophie puts on her coat over her nightie, and together they walk along the dark, streetlit pavements (where a familiar-looking orange-striped cat peeps out), before they enjoy “a lovely supper with sausages and chips and ice cream”. All of the aspects that make that sequence so exciting to a child — the disruption of routine, the nighttime stroll, the treat meal — are lovingly recreated in Channel 4’s film, and even enhanced by Cumberbatch’s childlike glee when Daddy first suggests the outing.
Benedict Cumberbatch offers his plush, distinctive voice to the role of the father, a benevolent if unimportant figure who trots off to work and then swans back in to discover that the tiger has drunk all his beer. And there’s a lively musical number, courtesy of Robbie Williams, that’ll be stuck into your head until the new year.