Billy Kennedy, Jennifer Saunders & Tim McInnerny Cast In BBC One’s ‘The Boy In The Dress’

Billy Kennedy, Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) and Tim McInnerny (Strike Back) have been cast in BBC One’s one-off drama The Boy In The Dress, TVWise has learned.

The Boy In The Dress tells the story of a Dennis, a 12 year-old boy, who lives in an ordinary town – but he feels different. A chance view of a fashion magazine introduces him to a whole new world of colour and creativity, but can a boy wear a dress, and what will the Headmaster, his Dad, and his friends in the football team think if they find out?

Newcomer Billy Kennedy, repped by Esta Charkham Associates, leads the cast as the 12 year-old Dennis; Jennifer Saunders will play Miss Windsor, Dennis’ French teacher; while Tim McInnerny has been cast as Mr Hawtrey, the headmaster of Dennis’ school. Rounding out the cast is Meera Syal (The Kumars), Steve Speirs (Extras), James Buckley (The Inbetweeners), Felicity Montagu (I’m Alan Partridge) and David Walliams (Big School); while Kate Moss is also set to make a cameo appearance.

Based on David Walliams’ debut kids novel of the same name, The Boy In The Dress was adapted for television by Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley and David Walliams. BBC In House Comedy and King Bert Productions are producing the one-off, which is being helmed by Matt Lipsey. Jo Sargent and Francis Gilson are the producers.

This marks the third David Walliams novel that the BBC has adapted in the past few years. BBC One also previously ordered adaptations of his novels Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny – both of which became a key part of the channel’s Christmas schedule in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Likewise, The Boy In The Dress is being eyed for a slot on BBC One’s 2014 Christmas schedule.

“It’s a real privilege to bring to screen another one of David Walliams’ magical books”, said, BBC Production ‘s Controller of Fiction & Entertainment Mark Freeland, who also serves as the executive producer on The Boy In The Dress. “Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas on BBC One without a man in a tatty coat, a granny on a souped up mobility scooter and now a boy in a dress.”