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Miranda Hart, Joanna Lumley join David Walliams's 'Gangsta Granny'

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Miranda Hart and Joanna Lumley are to star in a BBC adaptation of Gangsta Granny.

David Walliams's best-selling children's novel will be turned into a one-off 60-minute film for BBC One, following the success of the TV adaptation of Mr Stink.

Miranda Hart at the 2013 Glamour Women of the Year Awards

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Miranda Hart

David Walliams arriving for the world premiere of The World's End, at the Empire Leicester Square, London.

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David Walliams



Julia McKenzie (Marple) will star as the title character in the comedy drama, which begins filming on Sunday (October 27), for a broadcast at Christmas.

The project has been co-written by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley (Gnomeo & Juliet) with Walliams.

Gangsta Granny follows schoolboy Ben (Reece Buttery), who becomes bored after being forced to stay with his grandma.

However, she soon tells him the story of when she used to be an international jewel thief, before they join forces to complete the big heist she never completed.

Lumley will portray the Queen, while Walliams and Hart will play Ben's parents Mike and Linda.

Julia McKenzie

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Julia McKenzie

Joanna Lumley at the National Television Awards 2010

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Joanna Lumley



Rob Brydon will play nosy neighbour Mr Parker, who could end up ruining the robbery plan. Jocelyn Jee Esien (3 Non Blondes) stars as Kelly, the mother of Florence (India Ria Amarteifio), with whom Ben has to dance in a local ballroom competition.

Harish Patel (Mr Stink), Max Olesker and Steven Spiers (Extras) round out the cast.

David Walliams said of the project: "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!"

Mark Freeland, BBC UK Controller of Comedy Production, added: "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."

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