Updated: Jan 15, 2022
Born: 13th September 1916
Died: 23rd November 1990 (Aged 74)
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.
Dahl was born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents. He served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He became a fighter pilot and, subsequently, an intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander. He rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for children and for adults, and he became one of the world's best-selling authors.He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the British Book Awards' Children's Author of the Year in 1990. In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
Dahl's short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters. His books champion the kindhearted and feature an underlying warm sentiment.His works for children include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, The Twits, and George's Marvellous Medicine.
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Watch our own versions of Roald Dahl's stories...
WATCH ROALD DAHL THIS WEEK
FILM: James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Monday 17th January, Sky Cinema Family, 4:35pm
Stop-motion animation take on the Giant Peach!
FILM: The Witches (2020)
Tuesday 18th January, Sky Cinema Family, 6:00pm
Recent adaptation of the creepy story of witches walking amongst us! And turning kids into mice!
FILMS: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Thursday 20th January, Sky Cinema Family, 6:00pm / 7:45pm
One of Dahl's most popular novels has two fantastic film adaptations - catch them this week!
FILM: Matilda (1996)
Danny DeVito directs and stars in the film about a girl with a very unique talent.
FILM: The BFG (2016)
Steven Spielberg's version of the story about the Big Friendly Giant.
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FILM: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Bill Murray voices the Badger in this quirky adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel.
What's your favourite Roald Dahl book / film?
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