Belfast Telegraph

Storyteller role for Peep Show star

Peep Show's Robert Webb has revealed he's delighted reading stories to his children is now also his job after signing up to front a new Disney TV show.

The 39-year-old dad-of-two has been unveiled as the storyteller for new Disney series Tales Of Friendship With Winnie The Pooh, featuring animated characters which appear on screen as he reads a selection of new short stories about Christopher Robin and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Robert said: "I've got two daughters and one is just a baby and the other will be three by the time the show goes out in the autumn, so that was partly a motivating thing.

"I get to read Esme a story and I get to wander off and make a cup of tea while I'm reading her a story on the TV. I had her in mind while I was being the storyteller, it just seemed like a nice way of going to work."

The comedian - famous for playing immoral party animal Jez in the award-winning Peep Show - revealed he loves reading to his young daughter.

He said: "We certainly do plenty of looking at storybooks. There's some terrific stories out there and we all love stories and we all love being read to.

"So, every night, and quite often during the day, we read a story together. It's an important part of growing up, I think."

Robert, who himself grew up reading Winnie The Pooh, said the new Disney stories were "very much in the tradition of the AA Milne stories".

He added: "There's lots in it that fans of the original books will see is there, and the same spirit and the same humour is there, and the characters are all present and correct and just as we remember them."


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