Filming commences on David Walliams' BBC One festive comedy The Boy In The Dress

Date: 21.10.2014     Last updated: 21.10.2014 at 11.06
Category: BBC One; Comedy
BBC One announced today that production has started on David Walliams’ latest book dramatisation The Boy In The Dress.

Following on from the success of Christmas TV offerings Gangsta Granny and the BAFTA-nominated Mr Stink, BBC One’s one hour special of David Walliams’ first children’s book The Boy In The Dress will air this festive season.

The Boy In The Dress is a co-venture between King Bert Productions and BBC In-house Comedy and will be filmed in London. It has been adapted by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley alongside David Walliams himself and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, Dennis. He is an ordinary boy, who lives in an ordinary town – but he feels different. A chance view of a fashion magazine introduces him to a whole new world of colour and creativity, but can a boy wear a dress, and what will the Headmaster, his Dad, and his friends in the football team think if they find out?

The stellar ensemble cast includes a debut from Billy Kennedy in the role of Dennis, Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Tim McInnerny (Blackadder), Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars), Steve Speirs (Extras, Big School), James Buckley (The Inbetweeners), Felicity Montagu (I’m Alan Partridge), David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School) himself, and an extra special cameo appearance from international supermodel Kate Moss.

David Walliams said: “We have put together a dream cast for this the first of my children's books and for many still my best. It is a funny and poignant story about what it is to be different. I hope it will make everyone who sees it, young and old, stop and think.”

Mark Freeland, Controller, Fiction & Entertainment, BBC Production at the BBC, added: “It's a real privilege to bring to screen another one of David Walliams' magical books. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas on BBC One without a man in a tatty coat, a granny on a souped-up mobility scooter and now a boy in a dress."

The programme is commissioned by Shane Allen, BBC Controller, Comedy Commissioning and Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One. The producer is Jo Sargent for King Bert Productions and Francis Gilson for the BBC, the executive producer is Mark Freeland for the BBC. Director is Matt Lipsey (Gangsta Granny, Psychoville, Little Britain).

Notes to Editors

About BBC In-house Comedy

The biggest producer of comedy in the UK and prides itself on working with the very best in comedy talent - established and new - both on and behind the screen, and is responsible for some of the country's most-watched and loved comedies across radio, online and all four BBC TV channels. In the last 12 months alone, the department has won 14 prestigious awards including BAFTAs, Rockies, RTS Awards and National Television Awards.

Recent BBC One hits include the multi-award-winning Mrs Brown's Boys and Miranda. A second series of David Walliams' Big School returned this autumn as will the third series of Adil Ray's Citizen Khan. And after a hugely successful Christmas Special last year, a brand-new series of Still Open All Hours is in production starring David Jason as Granville alongside a new adaptation of David Walliams' children's book The Boy In The Dress. This follows hugely popular previous adaptations of Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny.

The success story continues on BBC Two following several hugely successful new series last year including the award-winning The Wrong Mans written by and starring James Corden and Mat Baynton, W1A written by and directed John Morton and starring Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes, Inside No 9, written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton and House Of Fools with Vic & Bob. And coming in the new year is Nurse, written by and starring Paul Whitehouse, based on his radio show. BBC Two is also home to the brilliant Stewart Lee.

BBC In-house comedy also provides home grown programmes for BBC Three including Bluestone 42 and this autumn brand-new series Nick Helm's Heavy Entertainment and Crims in the new year. BBC Four this autumn will see Puppy Love on screen, written by and starring Vicki Pepperdine and Jo Scanlan; In And Out Of The Kitchen with Miles Jupp, and Bob Servant returns for a second series, as does The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern and Up The Women - both of which are moving to BBC Two.

BBC Radio Comedy goes from strength to strength with many stand-out shows being adapted for TV, including In And Out Of The Kitchen. Ever popular long-running shows such as BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz and The Now Show continue to delight audiences and Radio 4's Just A Minute will this year celebrate its 900th episode - with the same host Nicholas Parsons.

Our emphasis on supporting new talent can be seen in The BBC Radio New Comedy Award which seeks out the brightest new comedy stars ever year. This year has also seen BBC Radio Comedy nominated for the prestigious Rose d'Or Awards; and an example of the continuing popularity of comedy podcasts can be seen in the fact that there has been over 90million downloads of Radio 4 Friday Night Comedy since its September 2007 launch.

About King Bert Productions

Established in 2013, directors Miranda Hart, David Walliams, Jo Sargent and Conor McCaughan make up King Bert Productions. The company's ambition is to develop and deliver both multi-camera and single camera comedies, comedy drama series as well as comedy entertainment formats, developing new talent in these areas and creating unique content which will resonate both in the UK and internationally. King Bert is currently working on commissions for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky.