BBC pre-school channel CBeebies has enlisted Tom Hardy to read six Bedtime Stories after the actor proved to be the most popular celebrity storyteller for the long-running strand when he appeared in 2016.

The Peaky Blinders and Inception star will read one story a night over the course of a week later this month, while a sixth story will air later in the year. Starting from April 27, Hardy will read:

Hug Me by Simone Ciraolo
Under The Same Sky by Robert Vescio and Nicky Johnston
There’s A Tiger In The Garden by Lizzy Stewart
Don’t Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton
The Problem With Problems by Rachel Rooney and Zehra Hicks


He will be joined by his French bulldog, Blue, and will introduce the first book (Hug Me) with a personal message. “Hello. I’m Tom. Sometimes, on a day like this, I feel strong and happy. But on other days, I just need somebody to give me a hug. Tonight’s bedtime story is all about a little cactus called Felipe, who just wants a hug too.”