BBC One’s David Walliams adaptation Billionaire Boy will premiere on New Year’s Day (Friday January 1st) at 7pm, it has been announced.
Billionaire Boy tells the story of Len, who makes a billion from inventing a new toilet roll, and his 12-year-old son Joe who appears to have everything he could want, but what he really needs is a friend. The novel was initially published in 2010, scoring numerous accolades and quickly becoming a best-seller.
The cast is being led by John Thomson & Elliot Sprakes, who are playing Len and Joe, respectively. Other cast members include James Fleet as Joe’s Headteacher, Rebecca Front as Joe’s opera-loving teacher, and Warwick Davis, who plays a fictionalised version of himself in the role of Len and Joe’s celebrity butler. David Walliams and Catherine Tate also star.
The adaptation was penned by David Walliams and Kevin Cecil and is being produced by King Bert Productions, with Jo Sargent, and Gregor Sharp serving as the executive producers. Joanna Hanley is the producer, while Matt Lipsey is the director. It was commissioned by Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning, and Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One.
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