Joanna Lumley and Miranda Hart join cast of David Walliams’s Gangsta Granny

Julia McKenzie and Rob Brydon are also set to appear in the BBC1 star-studded adaptation of Walliams's best-selling children's novel


If you loved last Christmas’s Mr Stink, you’ll be pleased to hear David Walliams is at it again. And the latest TV adaptation of one of his children’s books, Gangsta Granny, has an equal amount of star-power behind it.


Miranda Hart, Joanna Lumley, Julia McKenzie and Rob Brydon have signed on to bring Walliams’ best-selling children’s novel to life this festive season.

Gangsta Granny tells the story of Ben (played by Reece Buttery) who is unimpressed by the idea of being sent to stay with his Scrabble- and cabbage-soup loving Granny (Marple’s Julia McKenzie). That is, until Granny tells him that she used to be an international jewel thief and the pair head out to complete the one heist she never manged to pull off.

Joanna Lumley will star as The Queen while Rob Brydon will play Granny’s nosy neighbour. Miranda Hart and Walliams himslef will appear as Ben’s parents, who are completely obbsessed with Strictly Come Dancing.

Walliams said: “I am thrilled that we have such a stellar cast of comedy legends for Gangsta Granny. I can only apologise that I am in it too!”

Gangsta Granny is the fourth of six children’s novels comedian David Walliams has written. Mr Stink was made into an hour-long film which aired on BBC1 last December. The adaptation starred Hugh Bonneville, Sheridan Smith, Johnny Vegas and Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey the Dog. 

Gangsta Granny will air on BBC1 this Christmas.