Year Of The Rabbit

Keeley Hawes, Sally Phillips, Jill Halfpenny join Year of the Rabbit

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Year Of The Rabbit

Channel 4’s up-coming comedy, Year of the Rabbit, has gone in to production with an outstanding guest cast.

The new 6x30 comedy, which is produced by Objective Fiction out of OMG Scotland with international partners IFC and all3media international, sees BAFTA-winning actor Matt Berry play Detective Inspector Rabbit, a hardened booze-hound cop in Victorian London. He's aided and abetted by his new partner Wilbur Strauss (Freddie Fox) and the country’s first female police officer, Mabel Wisbech (Susan Wokoma), as they bring justice to the streets of the east end. 

Year Of The Rabbit

Alongside the crime-fighting trio, Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, Misbehaviour) stars as the mysterious Lydia, Sally Phillips (Veep, Bridget Jones) is Princess Juliana of Bulgaria, and Jill Halfpenny (Three Girls, In the Club) features as Rabbit’s ex, the deadly Flora.

Within the turmoil of the Whitechapel police station, Alun Armstrong (The Cane, Frontier) plays Chief Inspector Wisbech – who suffers two ways, as Rabbit’s boss and Mabel’s father – while Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones, Afterlife) plays Rabbit’s nemesis, D.I. Tanner.

Also starring in the series are David Dawson (Last Kingdom, Ripper Street), Ann Mitchell (Call The Midwife, Widows), Alistair Petrie (The Night Manager, Sex Education), Matthew Holness (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Toast of London) and Craig Parkinson (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Line of Duty).

Alun Armstrong - YOTR

Keeley Hawes said: “It’s great to be working with Matt, Susan and Freddie on such a brilliantly original show. Lydia is such an enigmatic character. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable, bonkers experience.”

Sally Phillips commented: ““I can report that there is literally nothing more pleasurable than playing a haughty, 19th Century, pansexual, Bulgarian autocrat with access to guns. I may have peaked.”

Jill Halfpenny added: “I’m thrilled to be a part of Year of the Rabbit. It's an amazing creative team and I’ve had the best time making it.”

Year of the Rabbit is directed by BAFTA-nominated Ben Taylor (Catastrophe, Sex Education) and written by Emmy and WGA Award-winners Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil (Veep, Black Books), with additional material from Matt Berry.

Ben Farrell and Toby Stevens will executive produce for Objective Fiction and Objective Media Group Scotland, with Hannah Mackay producing. The show was commissioned for Channel 4 by Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy, and Jack Bayles, Commissioning Editor.

 

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For further information please contact:

Debra Clavey

Publicist – Drama, Comedy and Acquisitions

dclavey@channel4.co.uk / 020 7306 6405

or

Sally Kent

Joint Head of Press - Objective Media Group

sallykent@objectivemedia.group / 020 7202 2310

About Objective Fiction

Objective Fiction specialises in original scripted content. It is the comedy label from Objective Media Group, part of All3media.  Past productions include Witless for BBC Three; GameFace, Peep Show, Toast of London and Fresh Meat for Channel 4; Reggie Perrin for BBC, Parents for Sky and Big Bad World for Comedy Central. Forthcoming shows include The Road to Brexit for BBC Two and GameFace series 2. www.objectivefiction.com  / www.objectivemedia.group