David Walliams

News: David Walliams Hippo Book Goes From Page To Stage

Les Petits Theatre Company has announced that the stage adaptation of David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon will begin a major UK Tour in December 2016. Visiting 30 venues across the UK, the production will receive its world premiere at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne from 13 December 2016 until 7 January 2017. Suitable for children aged three and up, casting for The First Hippo on the Moon will be announced in due course.

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News: Jason Manford & David Walliams Try Out New Game Show

Jason Manford and David Walliams are to be the two opposing captains in a new television panel game being tried out onstage next month.

In Is This Your Life?, being developed for ITV1, teams will be challenged to reveal their knowledge of mystery guests on the show, which will be hosted by Sara Cox.

TV Review: Walliams & Friend, BBC1

It’s about time David Walliams got round to doing some proper comedy. He has been so busy in recent years with so many different diverse projects from children’s books to charity work to camping it up with Simon Cowell it is easy to forget that he broke through with Little Britain a decade ago.

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News: David Walliams Previews New Sketch Show

David Walliams tried out material for his new sketch show last night.

The comedian/writer/actor, whose drama series Partners In Crime has just been transmitted, performed the new material at the 60-seat Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington last night. He was joined by comedians Mike Wozniak, Morgana Robinson and special guest Joanna Lumley.

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Classic Interview: Matt Lucas & David Walliams – Little Britain

With Matt Lucas back on the box with Pompidou and David Walliams rarely out of the limelight it seems like a good time to revisit this interview. I spoke to the duo for the Reader's Digest in 2007 just as Little Britain was going stratospheric. We met in a Greek restaurant in East London but the lunch was very rushed as they had an important meeting at BBC TV Centre, which was in West London in those days. I shared a cab with them across town and we continued the interview in transit. They were both very good company.

News: Filming Starts On New David Walliams Comedy

BBC One has announced that production has started on David Walliams’ latest book dramatisation The Boy In The Dress. Following on from the success of Christmas TV offerings Gangsta Granny and the BAFTA nominated Mr Stink, BBC One’s one hour special of David Walliams’ first children’s book The Boy In The Dress will air this festive season.

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TV Preview: Big School

David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Frances De La Tour, Joanna Scanlan, Philip Glenister and that bloke form the BT adverts. You can’t fault the cast of Big School, which returns for a second run. The challenge is making something mainstream enought for primetime BBC1 but still interesting enough so that the talented performers don’t sleepwalk through it. 

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Opinion: Would The BBC Be Cuckoo To Say Nighty Night to BBC3?

When I heard the news that there was talk of BBC3 being axed to save the corporation £90 million per year my immediate thought was 'here we go again, more corporate codswallop like the thing about axing BBC6'. BBC3 has given us some great comedy over the years, from Little Britain and The Mighty Boosh to Nighty Night, Pulling and, most recently, Uncle. How could the BBC possible entertain even the slightest thought of turning off the channel.

Opinion: Star-Spotting Top Trumps

When I arrived at the Soho Theatre last week just before the lights went down to see Robert Newman I spotted Sean Hughes in the audience. I thought that was a pretty good sighting and a nice nod to Newman that one of his contemporaries was checking him out. In the interval, however, I realised that Hughes had been beaten in the game of celebrity-audience-member Top Trumps. It was pointed out to me that Russell Brand and Jemima Khan were sitting a few rows back. 

Opinion: Can You Ever Really Give Up Stand-Up?

Can you ever really give up being a comedian? This thought has occurred to me a number of times recently. On Sunday morning I was reading an interview with David Walliams in the Observer online and the bit below the headline called him and Sheridan Smith, his co-star in A Midsummer Night's Dream "former comedy stars".

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