A stellar cast appear in this adaptation of David Walliams’ book
A stellar cast appear in this hour-long adaptation of David Walliams’ book to be shown on BBC One, New Year’s Day, 7pm-8pm.
The cast includes John Thomson (The Fast Show, Cold Feet) as Joe’s dad, Len, who invents a new toilet roll - Bumfresh - making him millions. Catherine Tate (Doctor Who, The Catherine Tate Show) is Sapphire Diamond, a 40-something hand model who still likes to pretend she’s 21 and is dating Len for his money.
Playing Joe’s shy and very nervous head teacher is James Fleet (Vicar Of Dibley, Partners In Crime), while Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) plays Joe’s firm but fair opera-loving teacher.
There’s also an appearance from Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi, Harry Potter, Life’s Too Short) playing himself, in the role of the family's celebrity butler. Joe is played by Elliot Sprakes in his first major TV role.
David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School, Britain’s Got Talent) plays Mrs Trafe, a dinner lady at Joe’s school who is described as 'dirty and old' and 'dreadful at cooking'.
A King Bert Production for BBC One.
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