Preview: Quentin Blake – The Drawing Of My Life

Quentin Blake
Quentin’s life is for once, the subject of his exquisite illustrations. Photo: BBC

BBC Two celebrates one of Britain’s best-loved artists: the illustrator and author Sir Quentin Blake. He tells the story of his creative life in his own words – and, of course, with his own pictures – by making a major new work exclusively for this film.

The programme features contributions from famous collaborators and admirers, among them Michael Rosen, Lauren Child, Chris Riddell, Josie Long, David Walliams, Steven Appleby, Dapo Adeola and Emma Chichester Clark. In a rare new interview, Felicity Dahl gives fresh insights into Quentin’s famously fruitful collaboration with her late husband Roald. 

Joanna Lumley, Peter Capaldi and Ore Oduba read extracts from some of the 500 books Blake has illustrated. The documentary shows how Quentin, who turns 89 this December, is still exploring new creative outlets – in recent years moving beyond the pages of children’s books to make larger pieces for galleries and hospitals.

Quentin Blake – The Drawing Of My Life – Christmas Day at 4.10pm on BBC Two