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David Walliams and Miranda Hart sign BBC Worldwide deal

Miranda Hart and David Walliams Image copyright PA
Image caption The pair set up the company last autumn

A production company, part-owned by David Walliams and Miranda Hart, has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide to send its shows round the globe.

King Bert Productions, also owned by TV producer Jo Sargent, was set up last year with commissions including BBC One's Big School.

An adaptation of Walliams' book The Boy in the Dress has been commissioned for BBC One.

Walliams said he wanted to "find and nurture new talent."

The company is also understood to be working on sitcoms for Channel 4.

Helen Jackson, managing director of content at BBC Worldwide, said: "BBC Worldwide is committed to supporting established, and nurturing new talent both in front of and behind the camera, and with David, Miranda and Jo fully committed to achieving this goal, we're in great company."

Walliams is best known for Little Britain but has also forged a career in acting including roles in Stephen Poliakoff's Capturing Mary on BBC Two while comedy actress Hart found fame with her BBC Two series Miranda and also stars in Call the Midwife.

Jo Sargent is a former creative head of comedy at the BBC, where she was responsible for BBC shows including French and Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous and Miranda.

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