Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) is set to play the lead in BBC One’s upcoming adaptation of David Walliams’ childrens novel Mr Stink. Bonneville has been cast as the eponymous character, who is befriended by local girl Chloe. The one hour TV movie will form part of BBC One’s Christmas line-up, alongside the follow up to the 2011 Christmas comedy Lapland, and will enter production in October.
Mr Stink is a one hour TV movie written by Walliams which follows Mr Stink, a local tramp who is befriended by a young girl named 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 – hence his name. When it looks like Mr Stink may be run out of town, Chloe hides him in her garden shed. As Chloe struggles to make sure no one sniffs out Mr Stink, and her dad tries to hide a secret of his own, the stage is set for an epic family confrontation. There is also one other person with an extraordinary secret, as it turns out that there is more to Mr Stink than meets the eye. Also starring in Mr Stink is Harish Patel as Raj, the local newsagent; and David Walliams as the Prime Minister.
Speaking of his new role as Mr Stink, Hugh Bonneville, said: “I’m delighted to be adding my own whiff to the odour that emanates from David Walliams… and his very funny, touching and thought-provoking story.”
While David Walliams added: ““I am thrilled that Hugh is playing Mr Stink. He is one of the most popular and talented actors around, and is the perfect person to bring out the character’s humour and sadness.”