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David Walliams ruffs up for Pudsey

David Walliams has revealed he has already got in some practice for voicing Pudsey the dog - because he used to do doggy impressions for wife Lara.

The Britain's Got Talent judge is set to lend his voice to the dancing canine, who won the show in 2012 with trainer Ashleigh Butler, in Pudsey: The Movie.

"I used to put on Pudsey's voice for fun. I'd do impressions of him for my wife," he admitted.

"He looks like he can talk, doesn't he? It's going to be a great fun movie. It's lovely to see someone - well, an animal - from a show like Britain's Got Talent do so well. Voicing him is such a fun thing to do. Jobs like that are a real treat."

David is also starring as chemistry teacher Keith Church in BBC One sitcom Big School, which he co-wrote with brothers Steve Dawson and Andrew Dawson and their childhood friend Tim Inman.

"We worked very hard on the plot - coming from a sketch show, that was the most difficult thing," admitted the 42-year-old.

"I had some experience of narrative from writing children's books, but it's a real challenge to create a sitcom story that moves forward all the time. It's not like writing a storyline for a soap. Sitcom has to have a plot that is full of turns and surprises."

The best-selling children's author and comedian was inspired by BBC comedy Fawlty Towers.

He continued: "We looked to Fawlty Towers - that's the ultimate comedy and is very, very plot-heavy. It's beautifully constructed. But you never notice the mechanics of the plot because you're on a journey with the characters."

:: Big School is out on DVD now.

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