BBC announces voice talents for 'Quentin Blake's Box of Treasures' series

Friday 7th October 2022

The BBC has today announced a stellar cast to voice landmark animated series Quentin Blake’s Box Of Treasures produced by Eagle Eye Drama and coming to CBBC and BBC iPlayer in December 2023.

The animated box set of hand-picked specials is based on six of Quentin's iconic best-selling books.  Adrian Lester will narrate the series, and will be joined by Alison Steadman as the voice of the indomitable Mrs Armitage (in Mrs Armitage on Wheels), with Simon Pegg voicing lead roles in Zagazoo, Snuff and Angel Pavement. Nina Sosanya will bring Angela Bowling to life in Loveykins.

From Jack and Nancy’s exhilarating island adventure to Zagazoo’s hilariously off-beat antics, Loveykins’ extraordinary transformation to the zany inventions of Mrs Armitage, these beautifully crafted and engaging stories of fun, friendship and adventure will deliver family entertainment at its very best and provide an exclusive treat for audiences.

Patricia Hidalgo, Director BBC Children’s and Education, says: “When it comes to storytelling for children, the UK has a rich heritage and history of creativity and Quentin Blake is known around the world for his unique talent. His imagination has brought magic to the lives of so many people, both young and old and it is an absolute privilege to be involved in this project. We’re delighted to be working with such a phenomenal, diverse cast of actors that will bring these beautiful characters to life for family audiences to enjoy on the BBC.”

Eagle Eye Drama’s Creative Director Massimo Fenati adds: ‘’This is a dream project for us and being able to work with such amazing talent will certainly enhance the performance of our animated characters. We can’t wait to see them leap from the pages of Quentin Blake’s famous books onto our screens.’’

Quentin Blake’s Box Of Treasures is a co-production between the BBC and Eagle Eye Drama, with Creative Conspiracy and in association with animation studios Spicy Acorn, Tchack and Kong.  The series will be directed by Gerrit Bekers

Created with traditional hand-drawn animation techniques to capture the timeless nature of Quentin Blake’s stories, Quentin Blake’s Box Of Treasures will add to BBC’s long-established tradition of animated specials.