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The Boy In The Dress (BBC Comedy, Jennifer Saunders)

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The Boy In The Dress BBC Comedy

The Boy In The Dress is the story of Dennis (Billy Kennedy), a 12 year-old boy who lives in an ordinary house, in an ordinary street, in an ordinary town, but he feels different,. His mum has gone off with a roofer and he lives with his dad and brother – everything is boring and grey. Dennis feels like he wants to escape to some sort of magical world, and discovers it in the most unexpected place – Raj’s newsagent.

A chance view of Kate Moss on the cover of a fashion magazine introduces Dennis to a whole new world of colour and creativity. Thankfully he has an ally in Lisa (Temi Orelaja), the coolest girl in school who decides to teach him everything she knows about the world of fashion and clothes.

Dennis is enthralled, and after a little persuasion from Lisa tries on a dress she has created, soon they decide to try and pass Dennis off as ‘Denise’, Lisa’s French pen pal. But can a boy wear a dress, and what will the headmaster Mr Hawthorn (Tim McInnerny), his Dad (Steve Spiers), best friend Darvesh (Aaron Chawla) and his school football team-mates think if they find out?

This is the third BBC Christmas adaptation of one of David Walliams children’s novels, this was his first published. Watch out for an extra special cameo appearance from international supermodel Kate Moss.

Cast: Billy Kennedy as Dennis; Temi Orelaja as Lisa; Aaron Chawla as Darvesh; Steve Speirs as Dad; Meera Syal as Jaspreet; Jennifer Saunders as Miss Windsor; James Buckley as Mr Norris; Tim McInnerny as Mr Hawthorn; Felicity Montagu as Miss Price; David Walliams as Referee; Kate Moss as herself

Writer: David Walliams from his own novel / Producer: Jo Sargent / Director: Matt Lipsey

UK / BBC One / 1×60 minutes / Broadcast 26 December 2014