LONDON — Audio post production facility Hackenbacker (www.hackenbacker.com) is putting the finishing touches on one of the BBC’s flagship Christmas programs — a long-form 3D scripted adaptation of David Walliam’s children’s novel, Mr. Stink. The 60-minute adaptation of Mr. Stink was commissioned by former comedy controller Cheryl Taylor and BBC1 boss Danny Cohen, and was produced by BBC In House Comedy Productions in association with David Walliams and his production company DEW Production.
Declan Lowney (Little Britain, Alan Partridge, Father Ted) directed the program, which tells the tale of a lonely 12-year-old girl who befriends local tramp Mr. Stink and invites him to hide out in her garden shed. While struggling to keep him hidden, she also has to contend with her overbearing mother, her put-upon father, her perfect younger sister and lots of nasty girls at school, who are determined to make her life unbearable.
“Working on children’s drama is always enjoyable as it allows us to get in touch with our ‘inner child,’” notes Hackenbacker’s founder Nigel Heath. “This one, in particular, requires a suitably immersive soundtrack because it is being produced in 3D. It also has a fantastic story with plenty of scope to be adventurous with the audio.”
Mr. Stink will be broadcast on BBC 1 on December 23, and again on Boxing Day.