Channel 4 have confirmed an impressive cast for their new six-part comedy Year of the Rabbit.
The series 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.
Alongside the crime-fighting trio, Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard) stars as the mysterious Lydia, Sally Phillips (Veep) 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 (New Tricks) plays Chief Inspector Wisbech – who suffers two ways, as Rabbit’s boss and Mabel’s father – while Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones) plays Rabbit’s nemesis, D.I. Tanner.
Also starring in the series are David Dawson (Last Kingdom), Ann Mitchell (EastEnders, Widows), Alistair Petrie (Sex Education), Matthew Holness (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Toast of London) and Craig Parkinson (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Line of Duty).
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.”
Year of the Rabbit is written by Emmy and WGA Award-winners Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil (Veep, Black Books), with additional material from Matt Berry.