Quentin Blake: The Drawing of My Life

Watch our Founding Trustee draw a giant mural of his life at the future Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration.

When, Where

  • BBC iPlayer

If you missed the Christmas Day broadcast of Quentin Blake: The Drawing of My Life, fear not. You can catch up on BBC iPlayer all year (UK only). So settle in on the sofa and watch Sir Quentin Blake draw a giant picture of his life inside the future Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration.

Watch Blake at work and hear from collaborators and admirers including Dapo Adeola, Steven Appleby, Peter Capaldi, Emma Chichester Clark, Lauren Child, Josie Long, Joanna Lumley, Ore Oduba, Chris Riddell, Michael Rosen and David Walliams.

Despite his serious side – which is well documented in the programme – Blake certainly has a way of cheering us all up. His rainbow e-cards back in the first lockdown in spring 2020 put a colourful spin on self-isolation, a delightful animation of Clown graced our TV screens last Christmas during another lockdown, and now this brand-new documentary will be beamed into living rooms as further uncertainty looms.

Blake’s drawing takes us on a journey from his suburban childhood, through his storied career and all the way to 2023: the opening of a new Centre to champion the art of illustration and share work from the great man’s 45,000-work Archive. Find out ways to support us to help make this vision a reality.

Quentin Blake: The Drawing of My Life is available on BBC iPlayer all year. It was directed by Peter Sweasey and produced by Wingspan Productions.