David Walliams is surely one of the funniest people working in Britain today. He is a fantastic writer and actor, and his charity work is very admirable. Everyone knows him best for his work with Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Come Fly with me etc.) and his turn as judge on reality show Britain’s Got Talent, featuring his hilarious bromance with Simon Cowell. However, in the past few years, Walliams has proved himself to be a very talented author, having released 6 books for children. The 4th of these, Gangsta Granny, was recently made into a film and aired this Boxing Day. And I have to say, it was rather good!
Speaking of the cast, they are ALL fantastic! Not a flawed performance in sight, from Reece Buttery’s shy but lovely Ben to Miranda Hart’s snooty and hilarious Linda, everyone plays their parts perfectly. A personal highlight was Robbie Williams as Flavio Flaviola, the Spanish (I think?) host of Strictly Come Dancing. He was barely in it, but anytime he appeared on screen with his awful fake tan and ridiculous accent, it was hard not to laugh. Joanna Lumley was great as The Queen, but the star performance is surely Julia McKenzie as the Gangsta Granny herself, a very sweet old lady who may have an aged body but the mind and spirit of a young one, a quality brought out perfectly by McKenzie.