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JACK'S BACK David Walliams says he's 'got a face like a bag of spanners' ahead of new Sky One role

David Walliams hits dizzying new heights as he transforms for giant role in Jack and the Beanstalk for Sky Christmas special.


David Walliams as Jack

David Walliams as Jack

David Walliams as Jack

Christmas was always going to be a little different this year, but David Walliams is doing his bit to ensure the kids are entertained during this festive season.

With a huge fanbase that has helped turn him into one of the most successful children’s authors in recent years, Walliams is back on Sky with a wonderful drama to enchant all the family.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge is unrecognisable as he transforms himself into the giant for his starring role in Jack And The Beanstalk, as he confirms he is determined to put a smile on a few faces after a challenging few months for us all.

“I just remember as a kid that one of the things I really looked forward to was the Christmas TV, so I’m really glad to be doing something that’s in that family space with Sky,” begins Walliams, who is back on Sky after the success of his festive special from last year, Cinderella: After Ever After.

“It was special because it was things that you wouldn’t have on at other times of the year. You’re in the mood for a certain something at Christmas. Maybe with a sense of nostalgia.

“As a family, you’re looking for something that you can all watch together so it’s not everyone just on their iPads doing their own thing.”

Walliams has always been eager to transform his appearance throughout a career that included his stand-out performances in Little Britain, with his appearance as the giant in this show a triumph for the make-up artists.

“I guess he looks a little bit like Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies,” he continues. “I don’t know exactly how they did that but when I watch the films I guess they have a double in some sort of giant suit who they use for certain shots where you don’t see Robbie Coltrane’s face.

“We’re taking that approach. This isn’t a £100m movie where we can do whatever we want with CGI. We have to be creative. It’s good old-fashioned film-making, really.

“And filming it all in these times of Covid has been quite a challenge. You have to be creative with solutions to things but there normally is a solution.

“For example, the boy who plays Jack at one point has to be lifted on someone’s shoulders when he’s celebrating something.

“So to do that his own dad is playing one of the villagers. We don’t have any love scenes in this so I don’t know how that would work. I’m not the kind of person who ever gets to do love scenes because I’ve got a face like a bag of spanners.


David Walliams plays the Giant

David Walliams plays the Giant

David Walliams plays the Giant

“All of us who worked on this is just really relieved that they can get back to doing what we do again and hopefully viewers will be pleased that they’ve got new things to watch.

“Everyone on the production has had to get tested and there is constant testing going on throughout the shoot. All the crew are wearing face masks. We’re being as careful as possible.”


Sheridan Smith stars alongside Walliams

Sheridan Smith stars alongside Walliams

Sheridan Smith stars alongside Walliams

A star-studded cast includes Sheridan Smith, who admits she jumped at the chance to work with Walliams.

“We’ve known each other for years,” says Smith. “I’m really grateful to David because he always writes me as the baddie which is the more fun role to play. We did Mr Stink together. I was the evil step-mum. Then Ratburger where I was the even more horrible step-mother.

“We had a little screen love affair in that which was really funny. I think of him like a big brother. I messaged him saying thank you and that I was so excited.

“He’s always winding me up. It’s a great relationship. He’s been a good friend and got me through a lot of times.

“You don’t get to do jobs like this very often where you get to just have good fun and run around and be silly. It’s what we need, especially at the moment.”

A slice of escapist fantasy is just what we all need after the misery of 2020, with Walliams revealing he has his own Christmas dilemma to work around when the big day arrives.

“Christmas is often quite quiet for me anyway,” he adds. “I'm usually with my mum, my sister, her husband, my nephews, and me and my son. It’s going to be a bit strange but we will do whatever the government asks us to do.”

Jack And The Beanstalk screens on Sky One and NOW TV on December 23 at 8pm

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