BBC One has rounded out the cast for Gangsta Granny, the adaptation of the David Walliams novel which, following the success of last year’s Mr Stink, is being eyed as a key fixture on the channel’s Christmas schedule alongside the likes of Death Comes To Pemberley and the Citzen Khan and Open All Hours Christmas Specials.
Miranda Hart (Miranda), Rob Bryden (Gavin & Stacey), Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie’s Marple), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), Jocelyn Jee Esien (Big School), Harish Patel (Mr Stink), Max Olesker, Steven Spiers (Extras) Reece Buttery (The Dumping Ground) and India Ria Amarteifio have all been cast in the 60 minute one-off TV movie. They join previously announced main cast member David Walliams.
Reece Buttery has been cast as Ben, the schoolboy at the centre of the story; Miranda Hart as Linda, Ben’s Mum; David Walliams as Mike, Ben’s Dad; Julia McKenzie as Ben’s Grandmother who happens to be a former jewel thief; Joanna Lumley as Her Majesty The Queen; Rob Brydon as Mr Parker, Ben’s grandma’s nosy neighbour; India Ria Amarteifio as Florence, a girl with whom Ben has to dance in a local ballroom competition; and Jocelyn Jee Esien as Kelly, Florence’s pushy mother.
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. Production is slated to commence later this week.