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First Look at BBC One’s Watership Down mini-series and more incredible voice cast announced!

Hazel (James McAvoy), Blackberry (Miles Jupp), Bigwig (John Boyega), Fiver (Nicholas Hoult), Dandelion (Daniel Rigby) and Hawkbit (Mackenzie Crook) in Watership Down

Tonight we’ve got all the very latest news for BBC One’s Watership Down mini-series will premiere on BBC One in the UK this Christmas, it’s also set to screen worldwide afterwards on Netflix. It’s also been announced that Sam Smith is recording an original song and more stunning names have been added to the all-star cast for this new retention of Richard Adams’ classic novel.

While this may have haunted the childhood’s of many, I know it did for me, the announcement coincides with the release of first-look images for the series, which shows Hazel, voiced by James McAvoy, alongside Fiver (Nicholas Hoult), Bigwig (John Boyega), Clover (Gemma Arterton) and Strawberry (Olivia Colman) among others.

Clover (voiced by Gemma Arterton) in hutch at Nuthanger Farm.

Further star names have also been confirmed to join the previously announced Watership Down cast. Academy Award nominated actors Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther) and Rosamund Pike (A Private War, Gone Girl) will play Bluebell and The Black Rabbit Of Inlé respectively, with Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Thick Of It) announced to join the cast as the seagull Kehaar.

Taron Egerton has joined the cast as El-Ahrairah, with Mackenzie Crook as Hawkbit, Gemma Chan as Dewdrop, Jason Watkins as Captain Orchis, Rory Kinnear as Cowslip, Craig Parkinson as Sainfoin, Henry Goodman as Blackavar, Tom Wilkinson as Threarah, Lee Ingleby (as Captain Campion, Charlotte Spencer as Nettle, and Daniel Rigby as Dandelion.

The cast is rounded out by the previously announced Sir Ben Kingsley as General Woundwort, Freddie Fox as Captain Holly, Anne-Marie Duff as Hyzenthlay, and Miles Jupp as Blackberry.

Adapted for the screen by Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary), Watership Down uses Richard Adams’ bestselling novel as its source to bring an innovative interpretation to the beloved story. Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a more perfect society.

Sam Smith’s original song will serve as the theme to the forthcoming animated mini-series. Fire On Fire was co-written with Steve Mac and was recorded by Sam Smith with the BBC Concert Orchestra at London’s Abbey Road Studios in September 2018

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