Year of the Rabbit

Year of the Rabbit

Series 1 - Episode 3



Freddie Fox does a fine job playing Rabbit’s wide-eyed sidekick, Strauss. Tonight, a spate of gang crime means posh Strauss, with “two dozen silver spoons in his mouth”, must go undercover with the Stepney Boys gang. So Rabbit enlists John Merrick, the Elephant Man, to coach Strauss in speaking cockney and walking bow-legged with his thumbs in his lapels.

Look closely and you’ll see that Merrick’s sidekick, underneath an orange top hat, is played by New Zealand actor/director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), who collaborated with Rabbit’s star Matt Berry on the TV version of What We Do in the Shadows. Even so, he only gets one line.


Two rival gangs of bodysnatchers are waging an all-out war for turf and bodies in the East End, so Wisbech sends Strauss and Mabel in to work undercover. Meanwhile, Rabbit finds himself ostracised from the case due to his age - these are youth gangs - and he takes umbrage when he is sent off to an old people's home to investigate a spate of mysterious poisonings instead. But is he really too old for this game? And if so, what's to become of him? Comedy, starring Matt Berry, Alun Armstrong and Freddie Fox.

Cast & Crew

Rabbit Matt Berry
Wilbur Strauss Freddie Fox
Mabel Wisbech Susan Wokoma
Hugh Wisbech Alun Armstrong
Lydia Keeley Hawes
Merrick David Dawson
Tanner Paul Kaye
Gwendoline Ann Mitchell
Tess Nadia Albina
Keith Amer Chadha-Patel
Miss McHenry Beatie Edney
Ginny Carla Harrison-Hodge
Baby Sally Sanders
Urchin girl Ellicia Simondwood
Policeman Alan Peett
Musician Taika Waititi
Ernie Morgan Watkins
Newspaper seller David Webber
Director Ben Taylor
Producer Hannah Mackay
Writer Andy Riley
Writer Kevin Cecil
Writer Matt Berry
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Drama Comedy