Belfast Telegraph

Stephen Fry looks back in laughter

Stephen Fry is to be seen giving his young self a thrashing in a new comedy film.

The funnyman will swap roles to play his own headteacher and give six-of-the-best to young actor Daniel Roche - best known as Ben in BBC One hit Outnumbered.

It is part of a new Sky1 film series - Little Crackers - looking at hilarious episodes in the formative years of familiar faces.

It will also feature Dawn French playing the Queen Mother, whom she met as a child. And Catherine Tate will bring to life one of her childhood incidents, when as a shy youngster she decided to mimic fallen chart star Gary Glitter during a school nativity play.

Fry's film looks at an episode when as a wordy 12-year-old he has to choose whether to blame the new boy for a trip to an out-of-bounds sweet shop or forego Christmas celebrations.

Fry said of Roche's performance: "He really is extraordinary, tremendously poised and able to deliver lines which are not typical for a child. One of the most ghastly things about me as a child was the fact that I tried to use long words all the time. It is still one of the ghastly things about me, but he's really good at it. He's the star here; I have the number two dressing room."

Other films will feature incidents from the lives of David Baddiel, Mighty Boosh star Julian Barratt, Bill Bailey, Jo Brand and Julia Davies.

Little Crackers, Sky1's first original comedy for over a decade, will run for seven nights from December 19 and will be broadcast in HD.


From Belfast Telegraph