There’s going to be an especially starry night this Christmas, when Timothy Spall, Keeley Hawes and Victoria Wood will take the lead roles in a Sky1 adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s picture book Fungus the Bogeyman.
Spall will play the titular bogeyman, a green slimy creature who lives underground and emerges only to scare humans, while Wood will star as Eve, an “earthy, eccentric” dry cleaner. The Thick of It’s Joanna Scanlan plays Fungus’ bogey-wife Mildrew.
Hawes, who recently starred in the BBC adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, will appear as Wendy, who is married to fellow dry cleaner Daryl, played by Marc Warren.
The series, narrated by Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis, will also feature Games of Thrones’ Paul Kaye.
This isn’t the first time The Snowman author Raymond Briggs’ Bogeyman story has been adapted. Originally published in 1977, the book was televised by the BBC in a three-part series in 2004 written by Mark Haddon, and starred Martin Clunes and Fay Ripley.
Spall said: “Fungus has brought joy to generations of children and I am so thrilled to be playing such a beloved character”.