In 2010, there was talk of a TV adaptation of David Walliams’ first children’s novel The Boy in the Dress. But it looks like his best-selling second novel Mr Stink is going to reach our screens first.
Adapted by David, the 1x60 minute family comedy drama is based on his touching, twisted and hilarious tale of Mr Stink, who is befriended by a local girl, 12 year old Chloe.
Chloe sees Mr Stink every day, but she’s never spoken to him, which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp, and he stinks.
But before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed, when it looks like Mr Stink might be driven out of town. As Chloe struggles to make sure no one sniffs out Mr Stink, and her dad tries to hide a secret of his own, the stage is set for an epic family confrontation. There is also one other person with an extraordinary secret, as it turns out that there is more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or nose.
David Walliams says: "I am beyond thrilled that BBC One 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." He is set to play the prime minister in the TV adaptation.
Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One, says: “Mr Stink is a heart-warming, nose-clenching and funny tale which will appeal to viewers of all ages. It's brilliant to be working with David to bring his magical tale to BBC One.”
Mr Stink is being made by BBC In-House Comedy Productions in association with David Walliams and his production company DEW Productions.
Filming will take place later this year, it will be shown at Christmas and further details on the cast will be announced in due course.
Mr Stink was also adapted into a stage play last year.