British pubcaster Channel 4 has picked up the 90-minute factual special Chitty Flies Again to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The film, produced by UK indie Rare TV, will be fronted by English actor and children’s author David Walliams (pictured).
Joined by a class of eight-year-old primary school children, Walliams will attempt to bring the classic to life by building a ‘flying’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car with aircraft engineer Tony Hoskins.
Walliams will delve into the history of the movie, from its inception by James Bond author Ian Fleming, to its adaptation to the screen by literary legend Roald Dahl.
He’ll explore a wealth of behind-the-scenes material and meet the original cast and crew members, as well as super-fans and real-life inventors inspired by the original.
Rory Wheeler and Glenn Barden serve as executive producers for Rare TV. Tom Peppiatt is director and Jonah Weston is commissioning editor for C4.
“This is specialist factual entertainment on a grand scale,” Wheeler, Rare TV’s creative director said in a statement. “Ambitious, joyous and with a fantastically talented presenter at its heart. It’s Christmas TV at its most entertaining”