An hour long special of David Walliams’ first children’s book The Boy In The Dress is to air on BBC One.
Following on from the success of Christmas TV offerings Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink, BBC One is to bring viewers a sixty minute version of David Walliams’ The Boy In The Dress.
The drama is the story of Dennis, a 12 year-old boy who lives in an ordinary house, in an ordinary street, in an ordinary town, but he feels different. His mum has gone off with a roofer and he lives with his dad and brother – everything is boring and grey. Dennis feels like he wants to escape to some sort of magical world, and discovers it in the most unexpected place – Raj’s newsagent. A chance view of Kate Moss on the cover of a fashion magazine introduces Dennis to a whole new world of colour and creativity. Thankfully he has an ally in Lisa (Temi Orelaja), the coolest girl in school who decides to teach him everything she knows about the world of fashion and clothes.
Dennis is enthralled, and after a little persuasion from Lisa tries on a dress she has created, soon they decide to try and pass Dennis off as ‘Denise’, Lisa’s French pen pal. But can a boy wear a dress, and what will the headmaster Mr Hawthorn, his Dad, best friend Darvesh (Aaron Chawla) and his school football team-mates think if they find out?
The cast includes a debut from Billy Kennedy in the role of Dennis, Jennifer Saunders, Tim McInnerny, Meera Syal, Steve Speirs, James Buckley, Felicity Montagu, David Walliams and an extra special cameo appearance from international supermodel Kate Moss.
“I just had an idea for a story – what would happen if a boy went to school dressed as a girl? I thought it would make a good children’s book as it was a story about children. I wanted it to be about the hypocrisy of grown-ups too, which is so frustrating when you are a child. I wanted it to be a comedy with heart. Little Britain being a sketch show didn’t allow much emotion, so this was a big step for me to give the characters an emotional life.” – David Walliams