David Walliams, Sian Gibson, Celia Imrie and Tom Courtenay will star in this year’s Christmas TV production from Sky.
The original special from King Bert Productions will turn the classic Cinderella story on its head. All fairy tales end with ‘happy ever after’ but what happens after ever after? This 60-minute Christmas outing begins where the fairy tale ends; Cinderella (Sian Gibson) has just married her Prince Charming (David Walliams), but soon has a rude awakening when she realises married life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when you have an image-obsessed, floss-dancing, hip-hop rapping husband. Perhaps a glass slipper fitting your foot is not sufficient grounds for a lifelong commitment after all?
This heart-warming festive show follows Cinderella (Sian Gibson) as she fights to save The King (Sir Tom Courtenay) from the traps of her evil stepmother Madame Blackheart (Celia Imrie) and her conspiring and moronic stepsisters Dumbella and Rubella.
Walliams says: “When you read a story to a child and it ends ‘they lived happily ever after’ the child often asks what happened next? Now, we will reveal what happened next for Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Wicked Stepmother. What happened, ‘After Ever After’? We have assembled a magnificent cast and crew for this one-off family comedy film. It promises to be a real treat for TV viewers this Christmas. I want to say a huge thank you to Sky for making it possible.”
Walliams returns to Sky One after two successful adaptations, The Queen and I and the international Emmy award winning Ratburger, which were both ratings hits, achieving a combined audience of over 4 million over the festive period.
Co-written by comedy tour de force The Dawson Brothers (Big School, That Mitchell & Webb Look, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway), the special aims to be essential Christmas viewing for all the family.
Commissioned by Zai Bennet and Jon Montague and executive produced for Sky by Tilusha Ghelani, Cinderella: After Ever After will be produced by King Bert Productions and be executive produced by Jo Sargent for King Bert. Filming is already underway.