Sky1’s surreal comedy Yonderland is coming back for a third series – with Stephen Fry joining the cast as a certain “Cuddly Dick”.
The actor and polymath’s new character is a mysterious returning Elder, recently released from prison who has what sources refer to as “mysterious depths”.
He is described by Sky as “a charming, avuncular eccentric who loves nothing more than to spread love and kindness (as well as plenty of hugs and kisses).”
But the broadcaster adds that there may be more to his persona “beneath this warm and affable exterior”.
The series, created, written by and starring Mat Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, follows 33-year-old Mum Debbie Maddox in her adventures in the weird world where most of the characters happen to be puppets and with only an Elf by her side.
In series three, the evil Imperatrix is no more – killed when she terminated the robotic weapon which shared her life force. With her gone, Negatus now answers to no-one and can seize control of Yonderland for himself. But how will his fellow Overlords respond to the departure of Her Eminence?
Adam MacDonald, director of Sky 1, said: “After two successful series, it’s extremely exciting to be bringing back Yonderland to Sky 1 for a third adventure. The creative team and cast are exceptionally talented and this weirdly wonderful show is well-loved by our audience. With the brilliant addition of Stephen Fry, this is a comedic treat for the whole family.”
Filming will begin later this spring for a likely broadcast towards the end of the year.