The Highway Rat animated adaptation

David Tennant Taps Into Inner Rodent as BBC’s ‘The Highway Rat’

When Alfred Noyes published ‘The Highwayman’ in 1906, he probably couldn’t have imagined that his dark and bloody narrative poem would serve as inspiration for a children’s book featuring a greedy rodent. But Noyes is long gone and he couldn’t object even if he didn’t like the idea because, honestly, who would object to an adorable children’s poem about a rat who sticks up other animals for their sweets?


The Highway Rat

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The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is so popular in the UK that the creative masterminds at BBC One have decided to adapt it into a half-hour long Christmas special this year. Donaldson’s poem follows the same meter and rhyming schemes as Noyes’ original work.


The animated version will be narrated by Welsh actor Rob Brydon. And the rat himself, it has just been announced, will be voiced by none other than David Tennant of Doctor Who fame.


Tennant has a long list of amazing credits. His versatility as an actor has lead him to play such lovable characters as Senior Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in the West End, and such despicable villains as Kilgrave in Marvel’s Jessica Jones. With such an uncanny ability to depict humans of every moral shade, playing a sweet-stealing rat should be no difficult task.


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