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Roald Dahl adaptations: 5 to watch

The prolific writer’s books have been adapted to the big screen as well as the stage. Here’s our pick of five must-sees

  • Sally Anne Howes, Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall, Heather RipleyImage Credit: United Artists/REX/Shutterstock
  • Anjelica HustonImage Credit: Warner Bros/REX/Shutterstock
  • Matilda, Danny Devito, Mara Wilson, Rhea PerlmanFilm and TelevisionImage Credit: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock
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  • A scene from "The BFG"Image Credit: AP
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BFG (2016)

Based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, this live-action take on the friendship between an insomniac little girl and a benevolent giant is a touching story. The girl and her large friend take off to Giant Country in a bid to stop man-eating giants from overrunning the human world.

Matilda (1996)

This cult classic about a genius, Matilda, who uses telekinesis to cope with her education-bashing parents and oppressive principal Agatha Trunchbull, not only shot Mara Wilson to fame, but was a collaboration that included Dahl’s daughter, Lucy, in the making.

Charlie and the Chocolate factory (2005)

The Dahl estate had complete control over this quirky remake of a kooky story. Watch Johnny Depp do what he does best — playing a slightly off-kilter Willy Wonka, owner of the chocolate factory, who proves to be the test of Charlie’s honesty and love for family. This one’s been adapted a few times over for the stage as well as for film (in the original Willy Wonka was notably played by the late Gene Wilder).

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Now this was before Herbie came into the scene. A car with personality and that could fly, the 1968 British musical adventure fantasy that takes you on a family-fuelled journey that ends with a love-filled happily ever after will have you humming its catchy title tune.

The Witches (1990)

A boy and his grandmother must take on evil witches who have turned him into a mouse to get rid of the terrifying hags and return to human form.