HS2 diggers start clearing ancient woodland that inspired Roald Dahl’s classic Fantastic Mr Fox

HS2 diggers have started clearing a corner of ancient woodland that helped inspire Roald Dahl in order to build the £98bn high-speed railway line.  Around 1.7acres of Jones Hill Wood, which stretches across 4.4acres in the Buckinghamshire countryside, is set to be dug up in order to make way for the project. The ancient woodland, … Read more

These Dahls in despair are too darned wholesome: BRIAN VINER reviews To Olivia 

To Olivia (PG) Verdict: Watchable, but flawed Rating: I Care A Lot (16+)  Verdict: Black-as-pitch comedy Rating: Forty years ago, a made-for-TV film called The Patricia Neal Story chronicled the aftermath of a series of devastating strokes suffered by the Oscar-winning American actress in 1965, and the uncompromising way she was cared for by her husband, author … Read more

Roald Dahl’s family apologises for his antisemitism

Roald Dahl’s family apologises for his antisemitism 37 years after he referred to a ‘trait in Jewish character that provokes animosity’ Roald Dahl said ‘there is a trait in the Jewish character’ that provokes ‘animosity’ Dahl’s estate has signed lucrative deals with broadcasters to adapt his works His family described his views as ‘incomprehensible to … Read more

Roald Dahl’s The Witches remake is blasted for being ‘shockingly out of touch’ by disability charity

The upcoming film remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches has been accused of being ‘shockingly out of touch with what’s going on in the world’ by a disability charity for depicting villains with limb abnormalities. Concerned people flocked to social media to accuse the Warner Bros’ movie of stigmatising those with missing limbs by showing villains … Read more

Anne Hathaway shares her ‘resting witch face’ in selfie from the set of Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Anne Hathaway shared a year-old behind-the-scenes selfie from her make-up trailer on the Surrey, England set of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, which starts streaming this Thursday on HBO Max. The 37-year-old Oscar winner – who boasts 29.2M Instagram/Facebook followers – captioned her Sunday snap as The Grand High Witch: ‘Resting witch face.’ Anne’s vampy look … Read more

Anne Hathaway leads a coven of witches in behind-the-scenes footage from Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Anne Hathaway gave her 18.5 million Instagram followers a new taste of her Roald Dahl’s The Witches on Wednesday. The 37-year-old Academy Award winner shared a short video stuffed with behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming fantasy–comedy. The clip gave the fullest picture to date of the spooky character design for the witches and her character’s … Read more

Roald Dahl’s The Witches trailer is released with Anne Hathaway as the menacing Grand High Witch

Roald Dahl’s The Witches official trailer was released on Thursday. The highly anticipated film stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Rock and Jahzir Kadeem Bruno. ‘The diabolically wicked reimagining of the classic tale comes exclusively to HBO Max in the U.S. on October 22 and hits theatres around the world beginning … Read more

Jamie Cullen fails to lifts his wife Sophie Dahl’s spirits 

Is it so dreadfully Dahl, Sophie… or are you being sullen with Cullum? Even jazz star Jamie fails to lifts his wife’s spirits By Katie Hind Showbusiness Editor For The Mail On Sunday Published: 23:17 BST, 26 September 2020 | Updated: 23:17 BST, 26 September 2020 He’s sold millions of records, notched up a string of … Read more

Roald Dahl’s grandson Ned marries Princess Raiyah of Jordan

They envisaged a wedding of splendour in Jordan this spring, with scores of friends in attendance, only to delay their nuptials until October as the pandemic played havoc with their plans. But now, in a twist which could have been scripted by his grandfather — king of the unexpected, Roald Dahl — journalist Ned Donovan … Read more

Sweet shop that inspired Roald Dahl’s books including Matilda and The Twits is now an Airbnb

Holidaymakers are in for a scrumdiddlyumptious treat as children’s author Roald Dahl’s boyhood sweet shop is now an Airbnb. Mrs Pratchett’s sweet shop was the inspiration behind his much-loved books including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits and Matilda. It is also thought to be the location where Dahl put a dead mouse in … Read more