David Walliams’ Mr Stink comes to BBC One

I am beyond thrilled that BBC One is adapting my children's book Mr Stink into a family film. I have written the script, and can't wait to see actors bring it to life."David Walliams
Date: 21.02.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.51
David Walliams’ best-selling children’s novel Mr Stink is set to come alive as a comedy drama for all the family on BBC One later this year.

Adapted by David, the 1x60 minute comedy drama is based on his touching, twisted and hilarious tale of Mr Stink, who is befriended by a local girl, Chloe. Chloe sees Mr Stink every day, but she’s never spoken to him, which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp, and he stinks.

But before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed, when it looks like Mr Stink might be driven out of town. As Chloe struggles to make sure no one sniffs out Mr Stink, and her dad tries to hide a secret of his own, the stage is set for an epic family confrontation. There is also one other person with an extraordinary secret, as it turns out that there is more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or nose.

David Walliams says: "I am beyond thrilled that BBC One is adapting my children's book Mr Stink into a family film. I have written the script, and can't wait to see actors bring it to life."

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One, says: “Mr Stink is a heart-warming, nose-clenching and funny tale which will appeal to viewers of all ages. It's brilliant to be working with David to bring his magical tale to BBC One.”

The comedy drama was commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One and Cheryl Taylor, Controller, Comedy Commissioning.

It will be executive produced by Mark Freeland, Head of BBC Comedy, and is being made by BBC In-House Comedy Productions in association with David Walliams and his production company DEW Productions.

Mark Freeland, says: “I am delighted that the BBC is continuing its relationship with the multi-talented David Walliams. Mr Stink has become an instant classic and it’s so exciting to see it come to life on TV. Both my children would echo that. But then they both want parts, so…”

Filming will take place later this year and details on the cast will be announced in due course.

Notes to Editors

Mr Stink is David Walliams’ second children’s novel. It was first published in 2009 and has since sold 250,000 copies. David’s other children’s books include his debut, The Boy In The Dress, Billionaire Boy and Gangsta Granny. Mr Stink has been nominated for a Blue Peter Book Award 2012.

RB