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Tom Hardy is gift that keeps on giving for parents everywhere as he returns for a full week of CBeebies’ Bedtime Stories


Tom has previously hosted the show and proven a hit with mums (Picture: BBC)

For everyone who needs more Tom Hardy in your life, you’re in luck – as he’ll now be in your living room every evening for an entire week for CBeebie’s Bedtime Stories. 

Looks like this whole self-isolation thing has finally given parents a lifeline as the hardman will appear every day with a new story to help lull your kids to sleep. 

And if you happen to sit down with the kids as they watch it so you can fawn over him… then that’s just a bonus really, isn’t it? 

Tom Week, which starts 27 April, will run through to 1 May with a different story every day. 

He will appear alongside his beloved French bulldog, Blue, as he snuggles in for the evening. 

We also get a sneak peek into the star’s home, with the entire series shot in his garden in order to keep with social distancing guidelines. 

Each book aims to have a moral that will be useful for children who are stuck and struggling in quarantine. 

The first episode will see him teach kids about the importance of feeling sad and needing affection with the tale, Hug Me by Simone Ciraolo. 

‘Sometimes, on a day like this, I feel strong and happy,’ he is heard telling the kids. 

‘But on other days, I just need somebody to give me a hug. Tonight’s bedtime story is all about a little cactus called Felipe, who just wants a hug too.’

The book ends with Tom telling viewers: ‘In the end Felipe found someone to hug. 

Tom has appeared several times over the past five years to help kids sleep (Picture: BBC)

‘It’s not always possible to hug the ones that you love. But they’re always there, in your heart.’ 

Aaaaand we’re already crying. And forming the orderly cue to give the Peaky Blinders star a hug. 

Hardy will also read Under The Same Sky, by Robert Vescio and Nicky Johnston (to teach children about having friendships from a distance);  There’s A Tiger In The Garden by Lizzy Stewart (about the power of imagination); Don’t Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton, (to teach about courage) and The Problem With Problems by Rachel Rooney and Zehra Hicks.

Cheryl Taylor, head of content for BBC Children’s, said: ‘It goes without saying how thrilled we are to have Tom reading more stories for us.

‘It’s during challenging times like this that the BBC serves its purpose to entertain the whole of the UK and these new stories are guaranteed to do just that, with their themes of long-distance friendship, sharing problems, and true courage in overcoming seemingly impossible challenges.’ 

CBeebies Bedtime Stories airs weekdays at 6.50pm on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer.

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