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Sheridan Smith stars in David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny Strikes Again

Sheridan Smith (The Teacher, No Returned) was cast in the BBC adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s book Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! cast.

The series is a sequel to the BBC One film Gangsta Granny which aired in 2013 and adapted Walliam’s first novel in the series entitled Gangsta Granny.

The latest installment will air on BBC One, CBBC and BBC iPlayer and will star Archie Yates (JoJo Rabbit, Home Sweet Home Alone) as the young protagonist Ben. Smith will play his mother, Linda, while Walliams will star as his father, Mike. Inside No 9’s Kevin Bishop has also been cast as Italian dancer Flavio, while Paddington 2 star Maggie Steed is the queen.

David Walliams

David Walliams. ©Syco/Thames

Viewers will pick up a year after the events of the first film starring Ben. He’s still adjusting to the loss of his beloved grandmother and remembering her daring crown jewel heist, but a synopsis released by the BBC hints at more action:

“[Ben] is stunned to learn that another wave of thefts is beginning – with all references to the black cat better known to Ben as Granny! Surprised? Yes. Impossible? Maybe. Viewers should expect the unexpected as they are once again taken on a highly entertaining ride as Ben attempts to unravel the mystery of who ‘The Black Cat’ is.”

Commenting on the news, David Walliams, who will also co-write the six-episode series, said: “It’s exciting to see these characters return in a brand new story. I hope families will love this comedy adventure story. A A huge thank you to the BBC for making this possible.”

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Patricia Hidalgo, director of BBC Children’s and Education, added: “I can’t think of a more perfect film for families to sit down and watch together. This adventurous story will appeal to all generations, young and old.”

Executive Producer Jo Sargent also said: “We’re thrilled to bring the next installment of David’s Gangsta Granny to the screen with such an outstanding cast on board and to find out what Ben and his friends old and new have been up to since we last saw them.” .”

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