“If I come in as an actor, I check the fragilities and the breaking points for the whole piece and the team because that’s what I get paid to do. So if I don’t do that, then I’m not doing you a service or me a service, because that’s what we came to do. If someone says, ‘No Tom, I don’t want you to do that, I just want you to come down the middle in a bat suit,’ — not the Batman suit, I mean literally, in a bat suit — then you know what? I probably won’t do that film.

And in being forced to class herself among the fortunate she did not cease to wonder at the persistence of the unforeseen, when the one to whom such unbroken tranquility had been accorded in the adult stage was she whose youth had seemed to teach that happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.
—  Thomas Hardy, from The Mayor of Casterbridge

Tom Hardy is to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story to little ones across the country this New Year’s Eve.

He tells the tale of a boy going to a party as he reads You Must Bring a Hat, by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley.

Little ones, and the grown-ups, can see more of Tom later in the new year when he reads more CBeebies Bedtime Stories. Tom was joined by his dog Woodstock for the filming.

Tom joins the list of celebrities who have presented a CBeebies Bedtime Story, including Emilia Fox, Damian Lewis, David Tennant, Tim Peake, Nadiya Hussain, Warwick Davis, Derek Jacobi, Maxine Peake, James McAvoy and David Hasselhoff.

Other CBeebies Bedtime Stories over Christmas and the New Year will be read by Isla Fisher, Maureen Lipman, Justin Fletcher, Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes.

CBeebies Bedtime Stories is on CBeebies every day at 6.50pm.