Strictly Come Dancing 2016
Helen George, Jake Wood and Jay McGuiness are just some of the celebs from this hit TV series taking part in this sequin-filled dance extravaganza. Nationwide, 22 Jan – 14 Feb 2016. Strictlycomedancinglive.com
here’s nothing David Walliams can’t do with fancy dress, and this is one of our particular favourite looks: The overalls, those super-white teeth, that perm…
The hour-long spesh of Billionaire Boy (adapted from Mr W’s best-selling children’s book) is one of the jewels in the Beeb’s festive scheduling this year, following the story of Len who makes a billion pounds inventing the â€œBum Freshâ€ toilet roll (wet on one side, dry on the other) – and his 12-year-old son Joe, who appears to have everything – but what he really needs is a friend. Walliams is Mrs Trafe – a dinner lady at Joe’s school, described as â€œdirty and old and dreadful at cooking.â€ David says: â€œShe makes things like chilled pilchard soup – but she’s an ally
of Joe, even though she ends up asking him for money.â€ Catherine Tate, Warwick Davis and John Thompson also pop up, with David adding:
â€œThe cast is brilliant, and we’re hoping for a family audience.
I do know some grown-ups who like the books; I read children’s books myself – they’re my guilty pleasure.â€
And what would the fabulous Mr Walliams spend a billion quid on, given half a chance?
He chuckles: â€œIf you gave it all to charity it would give you the best feeling, but it would be fun to have some toys like private jets and boats as well…â€
How excited are you to be playing Tinker Bell?
I’ve been nicknamed Tinker Bell for most of my life – it was a pet name for me when I was a kid. Peter Pan is one of those things you just grow up with.
She is meant to have â€œbags of attitudeâ€ – does that sound about right…?
I was playing myself! I have -believe it or not – quite a bossy streak, so I tapped into that. Everything naughty that Tinker Bell says is muted out with bells, so I could do a lot of ad-libbing.
My scenes were filmed against a green screen – in a big studio to make everything giant for me.
Singer Paloma Faith will be donning her fairy wings to play Tinker Bell in ITVâ€™s new Peter Pan drama. Paloma, 33, talks flying, being grown-up – and wanting kids…
What about your accent?
I just overemphasised my London twang – I thought it was appropriate to be a proper Londoner because it’s set in the heart of the city, with the link to Great Ormond Street Hospital [a young girl awaits treatment for a serious heart condition and is read the story of Peter Pan the night before her operation].
Were the flying scenes fun?
I enjoyed it for about five minutes until it started hurting. But no pain, no gain and it was fine.
I interpreted the character as being a bit tom-boyish, so I was
What are you getting under the tree this year?
David: I don’t know! I normally just ask for inexpensive things like a book. T here’s a new biography by [poet and children’s writer] Ted Hughes that I’d quite like. What will you be watching on telly?
D: Myself, mainly. And I really like a James Bond film in the morning – because they always put one on – and a Carry On film late at night.
I watch the Queen’s Speech too. I look forward to that.