Local schoolchildren are to feature in a new David Walliams programme being shown at Christmas on BBC One.
The comedian and author’s book Billionaire Boy is being adapted for television and is to be filmed in Sheffield and Rotherham.
Children from Oakwood High School in Rotherham have been cast to appear in the show.
Walliams will portray ‘dirty old dinnerlady’ Mrs Trafe in the programme, which also stars Cold Feet actor John Thomson, Rebecca Front and Warwick Davis.
The Little Britain funnyman, who has also co-written the script with Kevin Cecil, says: “I am thrilled we have put together another all-star cast of comedy greats for this adaptation. The script is bigger and better than the book and I am excited for everyone to see it on BBC One at Christmas.”
The book tells the story of Len (Thomson), who becomes a billionaire after inventing a new toilet roll, and his 12-year-old son Joe (Elliot Sprakes), who longs to have a friend.
Billionaire Boy, the fourth Walliams’ novel to be adapted by the BBC, is being made as an hour-long special that will air as part of the corporation’s festive season of shows.
It follows the successes of Gangsta Granny, Mr Stink and The Boy In The Dress.
Children from Oakwood High School will appear as Joe’s classmates.