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Hart & Brydon cast in Gangsta Granny

Hart & Brydon cast in Gangsta Granny

David Walliams's book comes to TV

Miranda Hart, Rob Brydon, Julia McKenzie and Joanna Lumley have been cast in the TV adaptation of David Walliams’s best-selling children’s novel Gangsta Granny.

BBC One is making an hour-long comedy-drama based on the novel about a schoolboy, Ben, bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at the house of his grandma, played by McKenzie – until she enchants him with a story.

Joanna Lumley is to play the Queen; while Walliams and Hart play Ben’s Strictly Come Dancing-obsessed parents, Mike & Linda. Brydon plays Mr Parker, a nosy neighbour.

The cast also includes comedians Jocelyn Jee Esien and Max Olesker, from the comedy duo Max & Ivan.

Walliams said: ‘I am thrilled that we have such a stellar cast of comedy legends for Gangsta Granny. I can only apologise that I am in it too!’

Mark Freeland, the BBC’s UK controller of comedy production, added: ‘David asked us not to muck up his massively popular book on TV. So we cast him and then added some of the most-loved and wonderful comedy actors in the country.’

Gangsta Granny begins filming on Sunday, for broadcast this Christmas.

Posted: 24 Oct 2013

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