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Anderson to play witch in BBC film

Gillian Anderson is to play a witch as she leads the cast in a BBC adaptation of hit children's book Room On The Broom.

The former X-Files actress - who won acclaim for her portrayal of creepy Miss Havisham in a TV version of Great Expectations - will be among the star voices in the animated version of Julia Donaldson's book, which will be screened at Christmas.

Also in the cast are Rob Brydon playing a cat, while David Walliams is to appear as a frog in the half-hour film, to be screened on BBC One.

Room On The Broom is to be narrated by comic actor Simon Pegg and features Martin Clunes as a dog and Sally Hawkins as a bird.

It is being made by the team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, also written by Children's Laureate Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler.

In the story, a kind witch invites an array of animals on to her broom - to the annoyance of her pet cat - until disaster strikes and it snaps under their weight, leaving them at the mercy of a dragon (played by Timothy Spall).

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