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David Walliams' Mr Stink Comes to BBC One

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Candice Lo | 08:00 UK time, Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Mr Stink book cover  

"Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked,
then he stinked as well…"

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.

The touching, twisted and hilarious tale tells 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.

 Mr Stink illustrations by Quentin Blake

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

David Walliams, who will play the role of the Prime Minister in the show, 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." BBC One Controller Danny Cohen added: "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." Mark Freeland, Head of Comedy, finishes the stinky love-in by saying: "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…"


  • Comment number 1.

    There was actually a notorious Australian rapist nicknamed 'Mr Stinky' but I found David Williams character 'Mr Stink' to be a lot more friendly to children.

    I really like this style of comedy because it is enjoyable to all ages and I am looking forward to seeing how it is adapted to television, I have no doubt it will be a success!

    I'm actually trying to adopt a similar comedic style myself as I am something of an aspiring comedian. I did find one good article online which I found very useful https://wayoftheplayer.com/attract-women/how-to-be-funny-without-trying/

    However David William's seems to have a very classic British style, reminiscent of some of Roald Dahl's more popular works and this unique style of British satire takes a great deal of imagination to pull off effectively.

    It is silly but in an endearing way which is not too over the top but certainly comes close to it. Overall I think it was actually quite a brilliant feat being able to put it together so well and I found the whole story from beginning to end very entertaining to say the least.

    I hope more of his stories will be adapted in future.


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