A Poem Is… with Matt Smith

The Doctor waxes poetic

Disney Junior UK is lining up a second season of shortform series A Poem Is…, with Doctor Who star Matt Smith among the celebrities set to feature.

The 12x5′ animated series will see celebrities read selected works from poets such as Clement Moore, Eliza Lee Follen and William Wise, accompanied by animation from Disney’s vaults.

As well as Matt Smith, actor Richard Briers CBE and comedians David Walliams and Jessica Hynes will narrate episodes, with animation included from Disney films such as Lady and the Tramp, Dumbo and Cinderella.

The first episode will air on Disney Junior on April 30 at 17.25, to coincide with the UK’s National Poetry Month.

Boel Ferguson, VP and general manager of Disney Channels and Online, UK and Ireland, said: “Combining timeless poetry with imagery from some of Disney’s most beloved animations is a fantastic way for young children and their parents to enjoy the beauty of a poem well read.”

A second season of the US version of A Poem Is… also gets underway this month on Disney Channel, featuring stars such as Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson and John Leguizamo.

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