David Walliams to star in TV adaptation of his children’s novel Mr Stink

The Little Britain and Come Fly with Me star star will play the prime minister in a 60-minute BBC1 family comedy drama

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David Walliams will star in a BBC1 adaptation of his children’s book Mr Stink.

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Described by BBC1 controller Danny Cohen as a “heart-warming, nose-clenching and funny tale which will appeal to viewers of all ages”, Mr Stink tells the story of a schoolgirl who befriends a homeless man and hides him in the garden shed.

First published in 2009, the book, which was illustrated by Quentin Blake, has sold in excess of 250,000 copies and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter best book of the decade prize.

Already adapted for the stage, the TV version of Mr Stink will star Walliams as the prime minister in a 60-minute family comedy drama.

Walliams said: “I am beyond thrilled that BBC1 is adapting my children’s book Mr Stink into a family film. I have written the script and can’t wait to see actors bring it to life.”

Walliams, best known as an actor and comedian, has authored a number of other children’s books including The Boy in the Dress, Billionaire Boy and Gangsta Granny.

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No transmission date has been set for Mr Stink.