Monday, November 22, 2010

Just William update

Screening over Christmas this year will be the new feature-length adaptation by Simon Nye of Richmal Crompton's much-loved mischievous hero Just William. Weaving together a selection of Richmal Crompton's timeless short stories and setting them in the Fifties, Simon has written scripts faithful to her precise portrait of British family life.

The adventures follow William's first encounter with the frilly-yet-formidable Violet Elizabeth Bott; a spot of parrot kidnapping for William's animal lecture; an elaborate plan to dispose of a bad school report; a spot of blackmail; and William's attempt to impress tomboy Dorinda (played by Lottie Bell) with a bit of Shakespeare.

Joining freshly-shorn Outnumbered star Daniel Roche in the title role, are Isabella Blake Thomas as Violet and Robert Foster as Henry. Completing the Outlaws gang are:

13 year old Jordan Grehs from Romford plays Ginger. Jordan appeared in CBBC drama Scoop and feature film Lake Placid 3 as well as playing Gavroche in Les Miserables in the West End in 2006.

Douglas is played by 13 year old Edward Piercy in his first major role. Edward is from Ightham near Sevenoaks in Kent.
He signed up with agent after being spotted by teachers at an Italia Conti drama class held at The Skinners' School in Tonbridge on Saturdays.
He said of the experience: "We filmed for six weeks during the summer holidays and it was brilliant. I was the second oldest and we all got on really well. I stayed at a hotel from Sunday night to Friday and went home for the weekends."

The cast and crew screening is being held in London this week.

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