The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl

The extraordinary story of Roald Dahl

Through a vast collection of his letters, writings and archive, this film captures the story of Roald Dahl largely in his own words.

“Every fan of Roald Dahl – and, frankly, who isn’t?! – will love this charming film”

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Through a vast collection of his letters, writings and archive, this film captures the story of Roald Dahl largely in his own words, voiced by Robert Lindsay, with contributions from his last wife Liccy, daughter Lucy and biographer Donald Sturrock. In the film, long-term collaborator and illustrator Quentin Blake also creates new drawings which are specially animated to bring Dahl’s marvellous world to life.

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.

The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl was produced by BBC Studios Pacific Quay Productions for BBC Two.