Sky is bringing an adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s novel Ratburger to screens this Christmas.

“Hilarious, gruesome and warm-hearted in equal measure, David’s book Ratburger is a terrific tale, with a fantastic cast. We jumped at the chance to bring the adventure, villainy and vermin to screens.” – Jon Mountague

Three-time Children’s Book of the Year winner Walliams will star in the gruesome comedy alongside actress Sheridan Smith, Mark Benton, Nigel Planer and Ben Bailey Smith.

Ratburger follows a young girl called Zoe (Talia Barnett), who has a stepmother (Smith) that despises her, a dad (Benton) who’s never around and has a miserable time at the hands of Tina Trotts (Tillie Amartey), the school bully. Her only chum is Harry (George Kent), until she discovers a baby rat in her bedroom she names him Armitage and they quickly become firm friends.

Zoe also discovers he’s no ordinary rat – he’s a rat that can dance. She sets out to show off her rodent pal’s skill at the school talent show but her stepmother and shifty burger man Burt (Walliams) have other ideas, which include throwing Armitage into the mincer and putting rat burgers on the menu.

Ratburger will be available on Sky 1, on demand and Sky Go, as well as through online streaming service NOW TV.

“I am thrilled my book is coming to Sky and especially thrilled that I am playing the villain Burt. Plus I will be working with one of my favourite comedy actors Nigel Planer and someone who I adore working with, the super talented Sheridan Smith.” – David Walliams

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