Julia Donaldson's 'The Highway Rat' TV Show Announced

10 September 2016
'The Highway Rat' Come To Xmas Telly!

The animated versions of Julia Donaldson tales has become a wonderful part of the Christmas Day telly tradition, and it's just been announced that 'The Highway Rat'* is in production already and due to hit our screens for Christmas 2017.

If you're a fan of this "swashbuckling tale of bandits and biscuits" then you may have seen the announcement on the BBC website revealing next year's TV special.

There's few details released yet, but it's from the same team that brought us the brilliant adaptations that have enthralled kids each Christmas. So far there's been animated versions of The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room On The Broom and last year's was the wonderful Stick Man.

Each has had big stars to voice the characters, and the animation has been very faithful to the original artwork from the books, so I can't wait to see who's voicing The Highway Rat. There's been no one announced as yet, but I can't help speculating who would be the greedy Rat and the clever Duck.

I am wondering how this cautionary tale of greed and craving for sugary treats is going to go down on Christmas Day when we have all stuffed ourselves silly with festive goodies though!

"Give me your buns and your biscuits!"

TOPICS:   Christmas UK


  • Lucy L.

    I would love to see Superworm

  • Joanne O.

    Love that we story

  • Ami R.

    Me and my youngest son love this book, a favourite at bedtime

  • Jess H.

    Snail and the whale!!!!

  • Dawn G.

    ! This will be a hit!

  • Lisa M.

    Snail and the whale next please!

  • Julie-anne W.

    will have to remember and tape

  • Lynette C.

    Smartest giant in town would be my vote!

  • Melanie B.

    Omg the boys love this book... can't wait for xmas...

  • Nikki S.

    A squash and a squeeze :smiley:

  • Michelle G.

    This is a favourite in our house, the paper dolls would be good too.

    • Marianne C.

      Aw I think paper dolls would be too sad!

  • Lynette C.

    Too many good ones to choose from! :flushed:

  • Gem P.

    - boys will love this

    • Christine P.

      Me too!

  • Hannah H.

    need to get this one then:)

  • Aimee W.

    What the ladybird heard! Me and my little girl love this

    • Sarah-Jane H.

      If you et a chance to see it at the theatre it is brilliant x

  • Nikki U.

    Excellent! One of the girls favourites!

  • Hannah D.

    Room on the Broom :blush:

    • Louise C.

      Yep room and broom has been done was very good x

    • Victoria W.

      You can buy the DVD on Amazon for £5. It's really good.

  • Michelle S.

    What the ladybird heard or the snail and the whale should have been next

  • Alison F.

    I've never heard of this book :(

  • Emma P.

    Monkey Puzzle, please!

  • Karla T.

    Ooh , we love this one too :-D

  • Jody M.

    Would love to see The snail and the whale, Lydia Lou and the scarecrows wedding :)

  • Alison F.

    Oh! Ha She writes some amazing stories though

  • John P.

    :thumbsup:awesome! Might have to download room on a broom to put me on till then

  • Louisa G.

    Ah amaze!!! I literally can't wait for xmas...obvo not just for this reason, just in general :smile:

  • Mandy S.

    Snail and the whale x

  • Amy H.


  • Louise C.

    Not til 2017 though over yr to wait but apart from getting my wish last yr with stickman it would be the snail and the whale x

  • Danielle L.

    Charlie cook!!

  • Emma S.

    What one for this year?

  • Claire K.


  • Leanne W.

    We love room on a broom have to Watch it every nite lol x

  • Laura F.

    I would love to see Zog and the scarecrows wedding.x

  • Gina T.

    Do you know, when I wrote that I thought 'no, it was tabby mctat she read'. we got tiddler recently. Love tiddler!!

  • Claire R.

    Paper dolls or the scarecrows wedding. Ace books

  • Jill M.

    Shame it's not this year x

  • Rachel C.

    #obsessed :joy::joy:

    • Georgina T.

      The Scarecrows Wedding would be an awesome one!

  • Fiona C.

    Snail and the whale and scarecrows wedding

  • Jo W.

    Can't wait already x

  • Joanne J.

    Love Tiddler too! Tabby our favourite though :relaxed:

  • Nicola M.

    We love this book and only just read it again tonight. The Highway Rat would need to be Damien Lewis or Aiden Turner! Tyrannosaurus Drip is the book I'd like to see done next - I love that one even more than my son does!

  • Bev C.

    The scarecrows wedding id love to see x

  • Janna E.

    Superworm would be good!

  • Alison S.

    We love What the Ladybird Heard!

  • Gemma B.

    ! Give me your cakes and your buns! X

  • Ann T.

    A squash and a squeeze please, my fave

  • Laura G.

    The Smartest Giant in Town or What the Ladybird Heard.

  • Joanne K.

    Ohhh. I was wondering what it would be this year! Exciting.

  • Suzanne D.

    Aw is there not one this year :cry:

  • Joanne K.

    Ahhhh 2017. OK I can wait :relaxed:

  • Ria H.

    this looks exciting!

  • Kay M.

    Oh no its Xmas 2017 :persevere:

  • Karen C.


  • Natalie W.

    Tiddler or the scarecrow 's wedding x

  • Shaun L.


  • Hazel Y.

    Jack and the Flum Flum Tree would be brilliant!!! :heart_eyes:

  • Christine C.

    Would love to see zog my little boys favourite xx

  • Carly W.

    Would love to see Tabby McTat!

  • Becky M.

    They did that one already...

  • Rachel J.

    Love it xx

  • Tina A.

    Love it when there's a new Julia Donaldson! :grinning: X x

  • LeeandEmma F.

    Singing mermaid

  • Sarah S.

    Can't wait to see this. I'd love to see The Snail and The Whale - first book I bought for my eldest Son x

  • Gillian T.


  • Laura B.

    Monkey puzzle

  • Zoe L.

    Actually it's not till 2017 got a year to learn it xx

  • Sarah C.

    I want to see the scarecrows wedding or monkey puzzle! X

  • Samantha W.

    Zog definitely xx

  • Tracy G.


  • Pauline B.

    The Smartest Giant in Town - it's my absolute favourite!!!

  • Eimear M.

    And i would like to see Zog or the snail and the whale next :heart_eyes::heart_eyes:

  • Sarah M.

    Superworm :)

  • Katy L.

    I love the scarecrows wedding that would be awesome on tv :relaxed:

  • Gillian M.

    how will we wait until next Christmas?!

  • JoAnne S.

    - this year's Stickman replacement! :blush: x

    • Cerys W.

      Was gonna buy this book the other day but superworm won lol xx

  • Rhona F.

    Ha ha, I DO read this in class..even have it in Scots!I do make a good baddie, lol!xx

  • Sunny L.


  • Rachel V.

    Zog would be a great choice for the next

  • Beckie L.

    Jack and the flumflum tree xx

  • Holly T.

    The smartest giant in town or snail and the whale x

  • Abie M.

    Just read in the link that it's not till 2017

  • Georgie V.

    That's devastating! Was looking forward to it this year!

  • Abie M.

    I thought they normally did a new one every year?

  • Rhona M.

    The Scarecrows wedding X

  • Elle C.

    I have read this book so many times I know it by heart. Fab choice. We love Zog too

  • Jade S.

    Yey!!!! Xx

  • Karen H.

    Omg !!! I do love a baddie! Cannot wait! Xx

  • Claire W.

    This says next year, is that 2017 then? So none this year :pensive:

  • Gemma P.

    Either What the Ladybird Heard or Monkey Puzzle should be next!

  • Ashlee W.

    I think Timothy spall would be fab!

  • Lucy G.

    Yey. Xx

  • Natalie S.

    It has to be the paper dolls!!!

  • Laura D.

    A squash and a squeeze!

  • Gillian C.

    The smartest giant in town or snail on a tail

  • Jenny C.

    This is my favourite! My daughter loves this one (maybe it's my voices!)

  • Gemma H.

    we need this book next!

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