BBC One has ordered a 60 minute one-off TV movie adaptation of David Walliams’ childrens novel Gangsta Granny. The adaptation comes after the BBC successfully adapted Walliams’ Mr Stink last year. Word is that, much like Mr Stink, Gangsta Granny will form part of BBC One’s Christmas line up and comes after BBC Two commissioned an adaptation of Diane Setterfield’s novel The Thirteenth Tale, also for their Christmas schedule.
Gangsta Granny tells the story of schoolboy Ben, who is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house; all she wants to do is stay in and play Scrabble and eat cabbage soup. What Ben doesn’t know about his grandma is that she was once an international jewel thief, and for her entire life, she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels. Now, she needs Ben’s help. BBC In-House Comedy is producing the dramedy, which was adapted by Walliams, Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley. Jo Sargent is serving as producer and Mark Freeland as executive producer. Casting is currently underway, with filming slated to commence later this year.
“Gangsta Granny has proved to be the most popular of all my books”, said David Walliams. “Gangsta Granny has proved to be the most popular of all my books. It is an adventure story about two unlikely thieves, Granny and her grandson, Ben. It should make for exciting family viewing at Christmas.”
While Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning, added: “The story delivers on David’s penchant for being outrageously funny, yet poignant and tender as well. This will be a wonderful family viewing treat for this Christmas and we’re thrilled about seeing it make the journey from page to screen.”