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Hugh Bonneville headed for TV adaptation of Mr Stink

Downton Abbey, Season 3

Story by Jack Foley

DOWNTON Abbey star Hugh Bonneville is to play a homeless man in the TV adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s book, Mr Stink.

The story follows a lonely 12-year-old girl as she befriends Mr Stink and invites him to live at the end of her family’s garden.

It will also star Harish Patel, who has had parts in Run, Fat Boy, Run and Keith Lemon: The film, as well as Walliams himself, who will play the Prime Minister.

Filming will begin next month with a view to having it completed for transmission on BBC1 as part of the channel’s Christmas schedule.

The novel has sold more than 250,000 copies and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter best book of the decade award. It has also been turned into a stage play.

BBC One controller Danny Cohen described the story as a “heart-warming, nose-clenching and funny tale which will appeal to viewers of all ages”.