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Programme Preview: Fungus the Bogeyman

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Whilst the rest of us are busy folding up our shorts in time for our summer holidays or preparing ourselves for the warm weather to come, the TV industry gets no such warm and pleasant break. No, whilst we're out frollicking in the sun, they're busy filming the programmes that we'll be snuggling up to watch come christmas. Indeed, over the summer months it's usually Christmas season in TV land, and as such we start getting all the juicy casting details for those festive specials. This year, it looks like one's going to have the cast to beat, and that's Sky 1's  Fungus the Bogeyman'.

During the programme, viewers are invited to meet Fungal, who goes about his business of menacing and frightening those on the surface (the “Dry Cleaners”, as they're known in the programme), as Bogeymen do and have always done. Fungus is a family man who has lived underground his entire life, never thinking about what life could be like with the surface people, that is, until now. Over the course of the four part series, Fungus and his son Mould will move to the surface, navigating their peculiar rituals and discovering the highs and lows of their father and son relationship. Written by Tom MacRae (Threesome) and based on the classic Raymond Briggs’ family story, Fungus the Bogeyman will bring a world of delights to kids and parents alike.

The programme will star Cannes Best Actor winning Timothy Spall alongside Victoria Wood, who head up the all star cast. Also booked for the programme is  Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes, Line of Duty), and Marc Warren (The Musketeers, Hustle). Also confirmed is Andy Serkis as the Narrator (Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of it) as Fungus’s beloved Bogeywife Mildrew, and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones, Dennis Pennis) as the ‘bogeyhunter’. Victoria Wood will be playing Eve, an eccentric “Dry Cleaner” living in the human inhabited village of Daventry. She’s warm, astute and kind to all strangers, but there’s more to her than meets the eye. Keeley Hawes and Marc Warren, meanwhile, will play Wendy and Daryl Snow, also “dry cleaners” who live on the surface with their human daughter Lucy. Whilst Wendy is doing her best to support the family, Daryl is without employment and is feeling a little emasculated.

The mini series will take the form of four 60 minute episodes to be broadcast over the festive period and be produced by Imaginarium Studios, in partnership with Double Negative's TV production wing and DNeg TV, who will help with both live action and animated elements in order to bring these much loved characters to life.

On the series, due out on Sky 1, Sky 1 + 1 and Sky 1 HD this Christmas, Tim Spall said: "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.”

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