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Wednesday, 16 February 2022

The Witchfinder - First look image and casting for new BBC comedy

The Witchfinder is a BBC Two original comedy about a witchfinder and his suspect on a road trip through an England ravaged by civil war, starvation, and pestilence.

Joining the ensemble alongside the previously announced Tim Key and Daisy May Cooper are Jessica Hynes (Spaced, W1A), Daniel Rigby (Landscapers, Flowers), Tuwaine Barrett (Blue Story, The Personal History of David Copperfield), Reece Shearsmith (Inside No. 9, The League of Gentlemen), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, Mindhorn), Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family, Cracker), Rosie Cavaliero (Hunderby, Peep Show), Cariad Lloyd (Murder in Successville, Peep Show), Ellie White (The Other One, Stath Lets Flats), Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It, Gentleman Jack), Joplin Sibtain (Avenue 5, White Gold), Allan Mustafa (People Just Do Nothing, The Curse), Seb Cardinal (Cardinal Burns, This Time with Alan Partridge) and Dan Skinner (Shooting Stars, The Angelos Epithemiou Show).

The year is 1645, and there is widespread dread of witches. Puritanical Christianity, ingrained superstition, and a willingness to scapegoat outsiders have combined to create a tinderbox of distrust in which few people are safe. Witchfinding has thrived in this climate, as self-proclaimed witch specialists gain hero status by probing charges of witchcraft and eliciting confessions.

In 1640s East Anglia, a failing witchfinder (Tim Key) carries a suspected witch (Daisy May Cooper) to a trial that could change his life forever. His captive, however, is the worst imaginable travel companion: an inquisitive, unrefined lady whose ability to pierce his pomposity and ask difficult questions transforms a routine voyage into a life-altering ordeal.

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