If you’ve watched the Netflix hit Bridgerton, you’ll know exactly why we’re very excited about
The Duke, sorry, Regé-Jean Page, reading his very first CBeebies Bedtime Story and on Mother’s Day, no less.
Regé-Jean will read Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls and David Litchfield about a girl and her companion fox who travel together from a place of loss and despair, through uncertain times, towards the hope of colour, light and life. They learn that, in the midst of rain, rainbows can be hard to see but, with courage and the help of good friends, there is always a way out of the darkness.
Make a note in your calendar as Regé’s story will air on Sunday 14 March at 6.50pm as always.
BBC has also confirmed the other celebrities who will be reading stories next week. Singer Rag‘n’Bone Man who will be reading My Dad Used to be So Cool on Monday 15 March, and actress Felicity Jones will read The Huffalots, by Eve Coy.
On Thursday 18 March, Cbeebies Bedtime favourite Tom Hardy returns to read brand new story Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts and Hannah Peck, a thought-provoking story about the eventful journey made by Stanley, who is no ordinary jellyfish.
To finish the week, there will be a story read in support of Comic Relief. More details on who the special reader is will be announced soon.
Cbeebies’ Bedtime Stories: Our Favourite Celebrities
What could be better than a famous face putting their unique spin on a great bedtime story? With the likes of Hollywood stars, a Bond Girl and even The Hoff reading kids their favourite books, it's no surprise that Cbeebies' Bedtime Stories has become compulsive viewing for kids and parents alike.
We've rounded up a few of our favourites – many of which are still available on iPlayer in case you missed them the first time around.
The point of Bedtime Stories is to lull children off to sleep but when Tom Hardy appeared on the show for Valentine's Day, it had the opposite effect on mothers everywhere. The Hollywood star read Cloudspotter and sent Twitter into a frenzy, with many mums admitting they were watching even though their little ones had gone to bed hours ago. No wonder Cbeebies got him back in for several more stories...
He might be better known for time-travelling in Doctor Who or solving murder cases in Broadchurch but David Tennant seems to have a bit of a soft spot for this Cbeebies show. The actor is well-versed in reading bedtime stories – as well as appearing several times over the years, he's got four children of his own to read to at home!
One of the earliest celebrities to sign on to this bedtime franchise was Take That's Gary Barlow. For Christmas Eve 2010, Cbeebies spoiled us with the-then X Factor judge, looking resplendent in a knitted cardi, while he sat beside a Christmas tree. He read Elmer and Papa Red and left mums everywhere wanting him "Back For Good".
Cbeebies had a treat for us for New Year's Eve 2012, bagging The Hoff to send little ones off to the land of nod. Sporting a silky blue shirt and his trademark deep tan, the Baywatch and Knight Rider star read My Friend Nigel, about a boy who rescues a snail from his parents' magical spells. "I think it is so important for children to become familiar with books from an early age," he said of his cameo.
Bond Girl and Oscar nominee, you don't get much starrier than Rosamund Pike. The Gone Girl actress has become a bit of a Bedtime Stories regular, bringing her perfectly clipped English accent to books including Never Ask A Dinosaur To Dinner and Spaghetti With A Yeti, among others.
James McAvoy took time out from playing X-Men's Professor Charles Xavier to read five bedtime stories last year. His Scottish lilt, not to mention the way he leaned back on a sofa and asked "Are you ready for bed? Have you brushed your teeth? Have you got your teddy bear with you?" made the stories a hit with mums and kids alike.
Reading a bedtime story might be less emotionally draining than appearing in Homeland but Damian Lewis' turn on the show did involve him talking to a puppet crocodile. The star was reading I Got A Crocodile but of course he's a real pro, having appeared twice before, and didn't look a bit ridiculous.
Captain America himself, Chris Evans read the appropriately-titled Even Superheroes Have Bad Days, which helps children deal with emotions when they're feeling overwhelmed. His first appearance must have been a hit because he was invited back for Father's Day to read Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.
Shaun Of The Dead star Simon Pegg brought his own particular brand of comedy to Bedtime Stories. His first appearance saw him reading Kristyna Little's Chickens Can't See In The Dark while holding a fluffy chicken, and he couldn't resist messing around with a tree branch as he read Stanley's Stick on a return visit.
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
We're more used to seeing her running around the athletics track but Olympian, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill was in a more sedentary mood when she settled down to read Lion Practice, about a little girl who loves to practise being different animals before she goes to bed. “Every evening I watch CBeebies Bedtime Story with my son so it’s very strange to actually be here, on set, and reading to kids across the country. It’s very exciting and I’m looking forward to my son seeing me reading it to him.”
CBeebies Bedtime Stories is on daily at 6.50pm.
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