Criminally talented! Top names join Noel Fielding's highwayman comedy | Famous names galore in The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin © Apple TV+

Criminally talented! Top names join Noel Fielding's highwayman comedy

Famous names galore in The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin

Apple TV+ has today announced a star-studded cast joining Noel Fielding in the upcoming comedy series The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin.

Hugh Bonneville, Asim Chaudhry, Joe Wilkinson, Greg Davies, Tamsin Grieg, Mark Heap, Diane Morgan, Ellie White, Jessica Hynes, Paul Kaye, Guz Khan and Hollyoaks star Duayne Boachie have all signed up to the highwayman comedy.

The six-part series revolves around Turpin, who always believed he was destined for something bigger than a life chopping meat in his dad’s butcher’s shop. And when he inadvertently becomes leader of the Essex Gang, a notorious bunch of outlaws, he realises he’s found his calling  even though he's a peace-loving vegan who believes in panache over pistols.

Together with his gang of loveable rogues, Dick rides the highs and lows of celebrity – and does what he can to escape the clutches of the Thief Taker General.

The newly confirmed cast includes:

  • Duayne Boachie as Honesty Courage, one of Dick’s Essex Gang. Honesty lives in the moment, it’s just not the same moment as everyone else. While admittedly sometimes slow on the uptake in high stress situations, he can be prone to moments of brilliant, blinding insight. 
  • Hugh Bonneville  as Jonathan Wilde, who has spent years climbing the greasy pole to become Thief Taker General. An utterly corrupt lawman with a vacuum where his morals should live, Wilde has a ferocious appetite to expand his criminal enterprise.
  • Asim Chaudhry  as Craig the Warlock, who is petrified of being caught performing magic without a licence. He’s attempted to pass his official warlock exams multiple times and racked up hundreds of major errors.
  • Tamsin Greig  as Lady Helen Gwinear, is the elected leader of the Syndicate, a union of organised crime groups with fingers in every pie from illicit eel husbandry to diamond smuggling. A working mother who fought her way up the greasy pole of the crime underworld, Helen is an uncompromising and brutal boss.
  • Mark Heap as John Turpin, Hempstead’s irascible butcher. Lover of meat; hater of vegetables. He hides his affection for only son, Dick, under a layer of cynicism so deep not even a meat cleaver could penetrate it.
  • Ellie White as Nell Brazier, one of Dick’s Essex Gang, has dreamed of being a highwayman since she was a little girl. Brought up in luxury, Nell threw away dresses for ditches and ran away at sixteen to make it on her own.
  • Joe Wilkinson as Geoffrey the Gaoler, the ultimate nihilist, who will tout his mediocre services to anyone in need of a jailer, security guard or general dogsbody – no questions asked.
  • Marc Wootton as Moose Pleck, one of Dick’s Essex Gang, is a terrifying looking man-mountain; but on the inside he's just a big old softie. After years of being terrorised by various brutal gang leaders, he’s convinced he’s found his soulmate in Dick.

Additional series regulars are Michael Fielding (Noel’s brother who played Naboo in the Mighty Boosh) as Benny Turpin, Kiri Flaherty as Little Karen, Samuel Leakey as Christopher Wilde, Geoff McGivern as Lord Rookwood, and Dolly Wells as Eliza Bean.

Guest stars include Laura Checkley as Sandra, Greg Davies as Leslie Duvall, Jessica Hynes as The Reddlehag, Paul Kaye as Ratclyff, Guz Khan as Gow, Diane Morgan as Maureen, Connor Swindells as Tommy Silversides, and David Threlfall as Tom King.

No air date has yet been confirmed for the series, which was first announced in April last year.

The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin production credits

Created by: Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane
Written by: Jon Brittain, Richard Naylor, Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane, with Noel Fielding
Directed by: Ben Palmer (ep 1-3) and George Kane (ep 4-6). 
Made by: Big Talk Studios
Executive producers: Kenton Allen, Noel Fielding, Victoria Grew and Ben Palmer. 

Published: 2 Aug 2023

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