Year Of The Rabbit was a bit of a smash hit for Channel 4 last year. A comedy thriller parodying seventies cop shows, but set in Victorian London, it starred Matt Berry as the eponymous Inspector Rabbit, Freddie Fox as his posh partner Strauss and Susan Wokoma as the country's first female police officer (fopper?) Mabel as they fight crime, conspiracy and other police in London's East End. You can read an interview with Wokoma about her role – and so much more – on Bleeding Cool, right here.
At the end of the first series Lydia (Keeley Hawes) had pulled the wool over everyone's eyes, with Strauss thinking they were lovers and Mabel joining Lydia's secret female society, mistakenly thinking it was a power for good. After Rabbit and the gang foiled Lydia's plot to take down London, saving the day. But, with Lydia still at large and Her Majesty requesting an audience with Rabbit, Strauss and Mabel for a secret job…anything could happen.
The series will also air in the US on IFC, as the first series eventually got round to.
The 6×30 series is produced by Objective Fiction out of OMG Scotland with international partners IFC and all3media international. Year of the Rabbit will be directed by Andrew Chaplin and co-written by Matt Berry and Emmy and WGA Award-winners Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil (Veep, Black Books). Ben Farrell and Ben Taylor will executive produce for Objective Fiction, Toby Stevens for Objective Media Group Scotland, with Hannah Mackay producing. The show was commissioned for Channel 4 by Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy, and Jon Petrie, Commissioning Editor.