New Apple TV+ comedy The Completely Made-up Adventures of Dick Turpin sees Noel Fielding play the often-fabled 18th century criminal, alongside Tamsin Greig, Ellie White, and Hugh Bonneville.
Beside the Mighty Boosh star and Bake Off presenter, Bonneville (Downton Abbey) will play Turpin’s arch-nemesis, the self-appointed “thief-taker”, otherwise known as Jonathan Wilde.
When Turpin is appointed the unwilling leader of a group of bandits, he is sent on a bizarre journey of strange adventures. Turpin’s highway robbery success is mainly due to his good hair and charisma, but there is only so far this can get him when riding the rollercoaster of a life of crime and being chased by a “thief-taker.”
Other characters Turpin passes on his way to relative criminal celebrity include Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner) as Lady Helen Gwinear, and Ellie White (Ellie and Natasia) as Nell Brazier.
The wider cast includes Diane Morgan (Cunk on Earth), Greg Davies (Man Down), Gus Khan (Man Like Mobeen,) Dolly Wells (Dracula), Joe Wilkinson (Sex Education), Samuel Leakey (Gretel & Hansel), Marc Wootton (Nativity), Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing), Duayne Boachie (You Don’t Know Me), Mark Heap (Friday Night Dinner), Geoff McGivern (Ghosts), Kiri Flaherty and Fielding’s Mighty Boosh co-star and brother Michael Fielding.
A newly released trailer shows Fielding as the ‘new leader of the Essex Gang’, failing upwards with mistimed banditry, and victim surveys to assess their highway robbery experience. Fielding’s Turpin doesn’t appear as the one from the history books, he has a new non-violent approach, which is pushed to the brink when the thief-taker comes after him, spurred on by Tamsin Grieg’s Lady Helen, who runs a union of organised crime groups – called ‘the syndicate.’
The series has been created by the team behind ITV's The Job Lot and the upcoming series Around the World in 80 Days, Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane, with Noel Fielding co-writing.
The first two episodes of The Completely Made-up Adventures of Dick Turpin air on Apple TV+ on Friday 1 March, with subsequent episodes airing each following Friday.
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