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On the twentieth anniversary of Roald Dahl's death, David Tennant tells a new tale of the unexpected - the stamp he's left on the world of pop.

The hour long documentary was broadcast on BBC Two on November 10, 2010 at 10:00 pm.

Kate Nash reveals how Dahl's fantastical children's books have influenced her own storytelling style, stirring her to invent surreal characters and magical places in songs like Mariella and Little Red.


BBC Radio Two Promo for the show

Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics explains how he found inspiration for songs such as I Stopped To Fill My Car Up in Dahl's grisly, suspenseful short stories.

Plus, David reveals how a song about Willy Wonka gave a Rat Pack legend his only U.S. number one." - BBC


The Guardian - Elisabeth Mahoney - November 22, 2010

"How Roald Dahl Shaped Pop was full of peculiar and often upside-down compliments. "Not everything's nice," was how Jarvis Cocker summed up Dahl's writing.

"His stuff was really sick and twisted," enthused Kate Nash.

It features, said David Tennant, who presented the programme, "a good dollop of rudeness".

Tennant said that as he said everything here: with a vigorous enunciation and plosive push that was the aural equivalent of Space Dust on your tongue."

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