LISTEN: Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Bonneville Reading Children’s Stories

Hugh Bonneville, Benedict Cumberbatch and Juliette Lea (Pic: BBC Radio 2)

Hugh Bonneville, Benedict Cumberbatch and Juliette Lea (Pics: BBC Radio 2)

This week, the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 have been running a very special competition, encouraging children to write short stories. The winners were announced from the Hay festival, earlier this morning, and read out by some very special guest stars indeed.

500 Words proved to be such a popular competition that the judges—Top Gear’s Richard Hammond, screenwriter and children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce, children’s laureate Malorie Blackman, Fast Show creator Charlie Higson and children’s author/illustrator Francesca Simon—had almost 120,000 to sift through and whittle down to a final six.

These were then read out live on air, with special help from the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Paloma Faith, Hugh Bonneville, and Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis.

Here’s Benedict reading the bronze entry, Should-Be’s by Juliette Lea:

And the silver winner, No Ideas George by Robert Jordan, as read by Matthew Lewis:

Hugh Bonneville reads the gold, Lost Underground by Daniel Martlew:

To hear all of the winning entries, visit the 500 Words site.

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

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