BBC One has given the greenlight to The Boy In The Dress, a 60 minute TV movie which is an adaptation of the David Walliams novel of the same name.
The Boy In The Dress tells the story of Dennis, a 12-year-old boy who enjoys cross-dressing, and the reactions of his family and friends. The book, written by Walliams, was first published in 2008 by HarperCollins and was his debut Childrens novel.
The novel is being adapted by Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley and David Walliams. It is being produced by BBC In House Comedy and King Bert Productions Limited. Jo Sargent is set to produce, while Mark Freeland will executive produce.
This marks the third childrens novel penned by Walliams that has been adapted by BBC One. The previous two, Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny, aired over Christmas 2012 and 2013, respectively. Both proved to be ratings hits for BBC One with Mr Stink achieving an audience of 7 million viewers, while Gangsta Granny was watched by 7.3 million viewers. The adaptation of The Boy In The Dress is expected to air this Christmas.
“Boy in the Dress is a very touching, hilarious and poignant story of why being different is something to celebrate”, said the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen, who commissioned the adaptation. “As with David’s other novel adaptations I have no doubt this will attract an exceptional cast and be a special Christmas treat for all the family.”
While David Walliams added: “I am over the moon that my first novel for children is going to be on BBC One at Christmas. I was very pleased with the adaptations of Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny, and I trust Boy in The Dress will delight and surprise a family audience.”