This Country’s Daisy May Cooper to play a witch in new BBC comedy

The new BBC Two show follows a witchfinder and his suspect

Daisy May Cooper (Getty)

Daisy May Cooper will be swapping rural England in the 21st century for East Anglia in the 1600s in a brand new comedy.

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The This Country star has been confirmed to play a witch in new BBC Two comedy The Witchfinder.

Cooper will star opposite Tim Key, who plays a down-and-out witchfinder who captures a suspect as they embark on a road-free road trip through an England gripped by civil war, famine and plague.

The Witchfinder is set in 1647, where the fear of witchcraft is rife. Puritanical Christianity, deep-seated superstition and a willingness to scapegoat outsiders have created a tinderbox of suspicion in which few are safe. In this environment, witchfinding has flourished, as self-appointed witch experts achieve hero status by investigating accusations of witchery and extracting confessions.

The witchfinder in question (Key) transports a suspected witch (Cooper) to a trial in East Anglia in the belief that this could change his fortunes forever.

However, the witch he’s stuck with isn’t an ideal travelling companion – with her curiosity and coarse nature, the alleged witch often finds herself at loggerheads with her hunter as she begins to ask increasingly uncomfortable questions that turn what should be a straightforward journey into an all-out ordeal.

Tim Key (Getty)

The series is written by Neil and Rob Gibbons, the writers and directors behind This Time with Alan Partridge.

Speaking about the new project, Cooper joked: “I cannot wait to be starring in The Witchfinder with the absolutely brilliant Tim Key. I’ve always wanted to be a witch, my mother says I’ve got the nose and chin hair for it.

“I dabbled a bit in witchcraft when I was in my teens and ended up accidentally inviting an incubus into my house. He was an absolute pr***.”

Key added: “I’m delighted to be working with the mercurially talented Gibbons brothers again, particularly on something set in 17th century England – which they seem to have a fairly loose grasp of – and am excited to do a road trip but on horses (I can’t ride a horse).

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“I love the idea of Daisy May Cooper being a pissed-off witch anyway so the fact that I’m playing her antagonist is the icing on the cake. Can’t wait to saddle up.”