Usually on New Year’s Eve, you’ll hear the mothers of small children complaining about having to spend the evening at home.
But tonight, parents up and down the land were pleased to be stuck on the sofa while everyone else was out partying – why? Because Tom Hardy was reading the CBeebies Bedtime Story.
The kids’ channel closes each evening with a celebrity reading out a soothing tale, and as plenty of older viewers had excitedly known for a while, tonight was Tom’s turn.
It’s not always hard work being a mum at the kids’ bedtime.
CBeebies may be aimed at pre-schoolers, but tonight their audience’s average age may have risen.
Just had to watch CBeebies Bedtime Story read by Tom Hardy. My daughter is 10. My wife is 46.
Did I mention it was read by Tom Hardy?— Alan Morrison (@mralanmorrison) December 31, 2016
Many children may have mistakenly thought they were being treated to some bedtime telly because it was New Year.
Encouraged my kids to watch CBeebies Bedtime Story. Mr Tom Hardy was reading it. Lovely! Swoon! Kids had a nice story, I had nice viewing— ThisLastingClarity (@TLC_3110) December 31, 2016
He also brought along his sleepy dog Woody, who melted viewers’ hearts even more.
Rarely has having no plans on New Year’s Eve seemed like such a good prospect.
Finally, a nice ending to the terrible year that was 2016.