Miranda Hart and Rob Brydon are two of the stars set to appear in a TV adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s novel, Gangsta Granny.
Commissioned by BBC Comedy at MediaCityUK, the 60-minute special has been co-written by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley (Gnomeo & Juliet, Robbie The Reindeer, Black Books) along with Walliams.
It will also feature Joanna Lumley and Julie McKenzie.
Gangsta Granny tells the tale of a schoolboy who, bored by the prospect of staying at his grandma’s house, discovers she used to be an international jewel thief – and so follows an adventure.
Mark Freeland, BBC UK controller of comedy production, said: “David asked us not to muck up his massively popular book on TV. So we cast him and then added some of the most-loved and wonderful comedy actors in the country. I hope it will be a very special Special.”
It will be produced by Jo Sargent and and directed by Matt Lipsey. Freeland will be the executive producer.
The BBC Comedy Production, in association with Bert Productions, begins filming this Sunday and will air this Christmas.