Cbeebies: Gary Barlow to read Bedtime Stories on Christmas Eve

There’s a Christmas treat in store for CBeebies’ young story-lovers and their mums when Gary Barlow sits in the Bedtime Story chair and breathes life into the enchanting tale of Elmer And Papa Red on Christmas Eve.

Written by David McKee, this festive edition of the Elmer series sees the colourful patchwork elephant prepare for a visit from Papa Red and plan a magical Christmas treat for his excited young elephant friends.

Also providing the seasonal stories this year is distinguished actor Sir Patrick Stewart who puts his distinctive tones to great use to read Paul Bright and Jane Chapman’s Grumpy Badger’s Christmas on Christmas Day and Smudger The Dog Saves Christmas (Lisa Evans and Holly Surplice) on Boxing Day.

Sir Patrick has also recorded three stories for the New Year – Wishmoley And The Little Piece Of Sky by Julia Hubery and Mary McQuillan, Stephen Mackey’s Miki And The Moon Blossom and One Snowy Night (Christina M Butler and Tina MacNaughton).

“I am delighted that we have two such wonderful readers for our special Christmas stories on CBeebies,” says the channel’s controller Kay Benbow. “Both Gary and Sir Patrick took time out of their busy schedules and we are grateful to them for giving our viewers such lovely festive treats.”

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