David Walliams' Gangsta Granny commissioned for BBC One

The story delivers on David’s penchant for being outrageously funny, yet poignant and tender as well. This will be a wonderful family viewing treat for this Christmas and we’re thrilled about seeing it make the journey from page to screen.”Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning
Date: 26.04.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.09
The BBC announces it has commissioned an adaptation of David Walliams’ hugely successful children’s book Gangsta Granny for BBC One.

Commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, and Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, this funny and touching tale from BBC In-House Comedy will air on BBC One later this year.

From the BAFTA-nominated team behind 2012’s Mr Stink and co-written by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley (Gnomeo & Juliet, Robbie The Reindeer, Black Books) with David, the 1x60-minute comedy drama tells the story of schoolboy Ben, who is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house; all she wants to do is stay in and play Scrabble and eat cabbage soup. What Ben doesn’t know about his grandma is that she was once an international jewel thief, and for her entire life, she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels. Now, she needs Ben’s help…

David Walliams says: “Gangsta Granny has proved to be the most popular of all my books. It is an adventure story about two unlikely thieves, Granny and her grandson, Ben. It should make for exciting family viewing at Christmas.”

Shane Allen said: “The story delivers on David’s penchant for being outrageously funny, yet poignant and tender as well. This will be a wonderful family viewing treat for this Christmas and we’re thrilled about seeing it make the journey from page to screen.”

Gansta Granny will be produced by Jo Sargent and executive produced by Mark Freeland, Head of BBC In-House Comedy. It is a BBC Comedy Production in association with Bert Productions.

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

Notes to Editors

Gangsta Granny is David Walliams' fourth children's book. It was first published in 2011 and has since sold 430,000 copies. David’s other children’s books include his debut, The Boy In The Dress, Billionaire Boy and Mr Stink. Gangsta Granny is currently number one in the Children’s book chart.

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