Robbie Williams has recorded the theme song for a Channel 4 Christmas Special of The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
The former X Factor judge has joined forces with composer David Arnold and lyricist Don Black on ‘Hey Tiger!’ as the theme song for Channel 4’s TV movie adaptation of Judith Kerr’s classic children’s book.
Robbie, who has kids Coco, 12 months, Teddy, six, and four-year-old Charlie with wife Ayda Field – said he has read the book with his daughter 150 times.
He said: ‘This book has played a big part in me bonding with my kids. I’ve read it possibly 150 times to Teddy, and she is the reason I’m singing the song – I’m honouring those moments with her.
‘She loved the book and I got a real heart-warming kick reading a line and her finishing it, so it will be forever in my heart. Plus I’m a massive fan of Don Black and it’s an honour to be singing the words he’s written.
‘The song reflects the tiger’s wonderful, magical and mischievous character – it’s whimsical and just what a song should be in this film.’
The original 1968 book follows young girl Sophie, her mother and a tiger who joins them for a hilariously chaotic teatime meal.
Caroline Hollick, head of the Channel 4 drama, added: ‘What a coup to have superstar Robbie Williams singing Don Black’s delightful lyrics to David Arnold’s incredibly catchy tune.
This fantastic song will make this gorgeous adaptation an unforgettable treat – I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy it.’
And Ruth Fielding, producer and co-founder of Lupus Films, said: ‘What a privilege to not only have a score by such a renowned composer as David, but also a theme song with Don’s fabulously fun lyrics.
‘Hey Tiger!’ is such an upbeat swing number which suits Robbie’s voice and personality so well. ‘The song works seamlessly with the animation in the film and it’s been an absolute joy to work with such an incredibly talented trio.’
Story sourced from – The Metro