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  • BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
  • Originally aired on July 2, 2016
  • What Dahl Did: wrote the original book Boy – Tales of Childhood
  • Dramatised by Lucy Catherine
  • Directed by Helen Perry
  • BBC Cymru/Wales Production
  • Cast:
    • Roald Dahl – Patrick Malahide
    • Young Dahl – Tarkan Uzun
    • Teenage Dahl – Isaac Rouse
    • Mother – Joanna Van Kampen
    • Bressington – Daniel Noel
    • Thwaites – Devon Ruckley
    • Matron – Adie Allen
    • Dr Dunbar – Richard Nichols
    • Mrs Pratchett – Elizabeth Bennett
    • Corkers – Jason Barnett
    • Carleton – Tom Forrister
    • Williamson – Sam Rix
    • Ellen – Kirsty Oswald
    • Captain Hardcastle – Nick Underwood
    • Mr Cadbury – James Lailey
    • Grandfather – Sean Baker


To celebrate the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth, a full dramatisation of tales from his own childhood. Sometimes magical, sometimes grotesque but always true, Dahl’s boyhood stories are as remarkable as the acclaimed fiction he would go on to write as an adult.

“An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life. It is usually full of all sorts of boring details. This is not an autobiography.”

The story of Roald Dahl’s childhood is filled with excitement and wonder but also terror and great sadness. We learn of his experiences at cruel boarding schools, his daring Great Mouse Plot, the dangers of Boazers, the pleasure/pain of the local sweetshop and his time as a chocolate taster. Just some of the marvellous, extraordinary events that no doubt went on to inspire his best-selling books.