The Tailor of Gloucester (film)

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The Tailor of Gloucester
Directed by John Michael Phillips
Produced by Timothy Woodford
Screenplay by John Michael Phillips
Story by Beatrix Potter
Starring Ian Holm
Music by Douglas Young
Dreamscape Co./Thames Television
Release date
  • 28 December 1989 (1989-12-28)
Running time
45 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Tailor of Gloucester is a television Christmas special [1] first broadcast on 28 December 1989 on ITV.[2] It is based on the children's story by Beatrix Potter.


This adaption tells the story of a poor tailor, his cat, and the mice that live in his shop. He has many scraps of cloth and ribbons left over that are too small for any practical use. The mice take these and make fine clothes for themselves.

The tailor sends his cat Simpkin to buy food and a twist of cherry-coloured silk for a coat the mayor has commissioned for his wedding, which will take place on Christmas morning.

While the cat is gone, he frees the mice from teacups where Simpkin has imprisoned them. When Simpkin returns and finds his mice gone, he hides the twist in anger.

When the tailor falls ill, the mice save the day by completing the coat. (One buttonhole remains incomplete because the mice run out of twist).



  1. ^ Tailor of Gloucester, Studio: Carlton, VHS Release Date: 27 Sep 1993, Run Time: 45 minutes, Classification: U, ASIN: B00004CNMW
  2. ^ "TV Times, 23 December 1989 - 5 January 1990". Radio Sounds Familiar. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 

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