Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lived Happy Ever after? David Walliams Turns Cinderella's Story on Its Head in a New Sky One Comedy Special This Christmas. Here He Tells Gemma Dunn Why It Is Time to Question Fairy Tale Endings

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lived Happy Ever after? David Walliams Turns Cinderella's Story on Its Head in a New Sky One Comedy Special This Christmas. Here He Tells Gemma Dunn Why It Is Time to Question Fairy Tale Endings

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Byline: GEMMA DUNN

WE ALL know the story of Cinderella - the enslaved stepdaughter who finds her fairy tale ending with the dashing Prince Charming. But what happens after they skip off into the sunset? David Walliams aims to find out with his latest festive offering, Cinderella: After Ever After.

The anarchic Sky One special begins where the story usually ends. For Cinderella, who has just married her Prince Charming, soon has a rude awakening when she realises married life isn't all it's cracked up to be when you have an imageobsessed, floss-dancing, hip-hop rapping husband.

Perhaps a glass slipper fitting your foot is not sufficient grounds for a lifelong commitment after all? "When you read a story to a child and it ends 'they lived happily ever after' the child often asks what happened next?" reasons David, 48, who co-wrote the 60-minute film with comedy writers The Dawson Brothers.

So why go for Cinders, over other fairy tale princesses? "Well it's probably one of the most famous ones, and there was just a big movie of it as well, wasn't there - Kenneth Branagh?" recalls the Little Britain star. "So we thought it was fresh in people's minds.

"And because of the marriage at the end, it all being so sudden, there was probably something to do about that," he adds "In the past people just accepted that part of the story, but I feel now people are much more likely to question whether it's a good idea to meet someone at a ball and immediately marry them, just because their name is Charming and they're kind of good-looking!" David will play Charming himself, with Car Share's Sian Gibson taking on Cinderella as she fights to save The King (Sir Tom Courtenay) from the traps of her evil stepmother Madame Blackheart (Celia Imrie) and stepsisters.

"I was desperate to work with Sir Tom again," David says of his all-star line-up. "We'd done Grandpa's Great Escape together and we had such a good time; and Sian and I only met socially through Peter Kay, a mutual friend, and she seemed like the perfect Cinderella. …

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