Plenty of weird and wonderful things happened in 2016.
To see out the year, CBeebies only went and managed to get Tom Hardy as their special guest for Bedtime Stories – a short segment for the channel that sees him read a kid-friendly tale whilst sitting comfortably in a sort of cushion and cuddly toy grotto.
Tom was joined by his enormous dog Woody, who was pretty chilled out for the whole story while napping on his lap. The ‘Dark Knight Rises’ star spends around five minutes reading You must Bring A Hat, by Simon Philip.
While the programme was clearly aimed at small children, it seemed plenty of adults were eager to tune in and, according to Twitter, they did in their droves.
— 'holll (@hollielouisefa1) January 1, 2017
— Andrew Stone (@stonelandofnod) January 1, 2017
Would it be terribly wrong to record Tom Hardy's cbeebies bedtime story and watch it after every nightshift?
— cherry morello (@cherrymorello) January 1, 2017
Tom Hardy can read me a bedtime story anytime. That story was hilarious!
— Katie Johnston (@kejohnstonx) January 1, 2017
Did we all enjoy the Tom Hardy CBeebies Bedtime Story yesterday…?
It was pretty Jackanorytastic.
— Toyah Zootrapramma (@PumpkinSpider) January 1, 2017
The show saw Tom and his faithful dog Woody initially wearing hats, as it was the theme of the book. The story focused on a young boy invited to a party that requires all guests must wear a hat, only our protagonist doesn’t own one.
It was fair to say that Tom Hardy reading a bedtime story was one of the highlights of December – no, the year, in fact. People were particularly loving his appearance alongside Woody.
Tom Hardy and his dog on Cbeebies is my new jam ????
— HAPPY LOU YEAR (@julyweezer) January 1, 2017
Tom Hardy and his blankie though pic.twitter.com/0PdmFOC2ez
— Zoë swears (@12ReasonsWhy) January 1, 2017
It appeared Tom had rather successfully tapped into the mummy market, with many tweeting their thoughts.
— victoria .???????????? (@vixsmith83) January 1, 2017
— Jade Elmes (@JadeElmes) January 1, 2017
@CBeebiesHQ Myself and my mummy friends loved tonight's Bedtime story read by Tom Hardy, can we request Channing Tatum to read one soon? ????
— Kate Lloyd-Wilce (@ScienceBird) January 1, 2017
Actually looking forward to staying in this NYE… not sure if it has anything to do with Tom Hardy going on @CBeebiesHQ later ????
— Lindsey Evans (@ConfOfAMummy) December 31, 2016
It was pretty obvious that even people without kids were tuning in to see the bearded Brit interpret the charming and quirky story.
Is it frowned upon to watch Tom Hardy read on CBeebies on iplayer if I don't have a child?
— aimee (@aimeeyou_) January 1, 2017
Fans were desperate to see the ‘Inception’ star return, and demanded to know when – so they could set it to record, obviously.
— RBassi (@rashbassi1) January 1, 2017
But right at the end, after the story had finished, Tom revealed that not only has he never danced with an elephant wearing a tutu (if you watch the video you’ll understand), he concluded with, “I will see you for another bedtime story… sleep tight.” So he looks set to return, which must’ve made a lot of people’s year.
Good news Mum's of Twitter, Tom Hardy will be doing more Bedtime stories @CBeebiesHQ what's reckon to a regular slot – like daily?
— Rachel Hawkins (@ourrachblogs) January 1, 2017
Regardless of returning to read another story, some fans were calling for Tom to have his own weekly slot to read stories to, well, all of us, which is an idea for 2017 we can definitely get behind.
— Lauren Wilden (@laurenwilden) January 1, 2017
Hardy may have decided to do this (and however many more to follow it up) as a favour or a simply a as a bit of fun and change from the movie star’s normally busy schedule, but there’s already overwhelming cries for him to have his own series.
Has Mr. Hardy found himself a new, unexpected career path for 2017?
Watch the entire glorious reading of You Must Bring A Hat here.