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Robbie Williams lends voice to TV adaptation of much-loved children’s book

Tea time: Robbie Williams with Clara Ross, who will make her TV debut as Sophie in The Tiger Who Came to Tea PICTURE: PA

ROBBIE WILLIAMS is lending his voice to Channel 4’s Christmas adaptation of The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

The former Take That star, 45, sings the show’s theme song Hey Tiger!, which was composed by Grammy winner David Arnold, the brain behind the scores for five James Bond films, as well as TV series including Sherlock and Little Britain.

Lyrics for the track were penned by Oscar winner and BBC Radio 2 DJ Don Black, most famous for his work with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and John Barry on three James Bond films.

The much-loved children’s book by Judith Kerr, who died earlier this year aged 95, will be brought to life in a special from the makers of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and The Snowman And The Snowdog, and will feature a star-studded voice cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo and David Walliams.

Seven-year-old newcomer Clara Ross will make her TV debut as Sophie.

Father-of-three Williams said he was inspired to join the project because of his seven-year-old daughter’s love for the book, which he claims to have read to her some 150 times.

He said: ‘This book has played a big part in me bonding with my kids.

‘I’ve read it possibly 150 times to my first daughter, Teddy, and she is the reason I’m singing the song — I’m honouring those moments with her.

‘She loved the book and I got a real heart-warming kick reading a line and her finishing it, so it will be forever in my heart.

‘Plus I’m a massive fan of Don Black and it’s an honour to be singing the words he’s written.

‘The song reflects the tiger’s wonderful, magical and mischievous character — it’s whimsical and just what a song should be in this film.’

The Tiger Who Came To Tea has sold more than five million copies since it was first published in 1968. Channel 4’s The Tiger Who Came To Tea will be a half-hour film and is set to air this Christmas.