Sky1 has announced the cast for an all-star adaptation of Fungus the Bogeyman.
Inspired by Raymond Briggs’ classic family story, the new four-part series is written by Doctor Who writer Tom MacRae (‘The Girl Who Waited’).
Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) will lead the cast in the title role, alongside comedian Victoria Wood as Eve and Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty) and Marc Warren (The Musketeers) as Wendy and Daryl Snow.
Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) is the Narrator, with Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It) playing Fungus’s beloved Bogeywife Mildrew and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones) playing the ‘bogeyhunter’.
Timothy Spall commented: “Fungus has brought joy to generations of children and I am so thrilled to be playing such a beloved character. It’s great to be working with Sky again and the skilled folk at Imaginarium to bring Fungus the Bogeyman out of the pages of Raymond Brigg’s book and on to the small screen this Christmas.”
The official synopsis reads: “Viewers are invited into a wondrous world where Fungus goes about his business menacing and frightening those on the surface (the “Dry Cleaners”) as Bogeymen do and have always done. Drawn from the character of Raymond Briggs’ book, Fungus is a family (bogey) man who has lived underground for hundreds of years, never questioning his own existence…until now. Over the course of the series viewers will follow Fungus and his son Mould’s journey through the maze of life on the surface, while also discovering the highs and lows of their father and son relationship.”
Fungus the Bogeyman began filming last week and will air on Sky1 this Christmas.
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