The highly anticipated cast of the upcoming series, “The Famous Five,” has been officially revealed today. Diaana Babnicova will take on the role of George, while Elliott Rose will portray Julian, Kit Rakusen as Dick, and Flora Jacoby Richardson as Anne, George’s cousins who come to stay at Kirrin Cottage.
Completing the famous group is Kip, the Bearded Collie Cross, who will play the beloved character Timmy the dog, the gang’s loyal and furry companion.
In addition to the main cast, the series will feature talented actors such as Jack Gleeson, known for his roles in “Game of Thrones” and “In The Land of the Saints and Sinners,” who will play the character Wentworth. Ann Akinjirin, recognized for her work in “Moon Knight” and “I May Destroy You,” will take on the role of Fanny. James Lance, known for his appearances in “Ted Lasso” and “Bronson,” will portray Quentin, and Diana Quick, famous for her roles in “Father Brown,” “Forever Young,” and “Houdini and Doyle,” will play Mrs. Wentworth.
Tim Kirkby, Director (episode one) and Executive Producer said: “Our brilliant young cast are mind-blowingly talented and, along with Kip (playing Timmy), they are already bringing these gorgeous characters to life in a fresh and modern way. Together with the brilliant Jack, Ann, James and Diana we can’t wait to bring these glorious, action-filled, epic, family adventures to the screen.”
The co-production with German ZDF will follow the five adventurous young explorers as they embark on thrilling journeys, encounter exciting mysteries, face unimaginable dangers, and unravel astonishing secrets in a journey that celebrates the strength of friendship among these brave young heroes. The series, based on Enid Blyton’s 21 captivating stories, will be executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn (byNWR) and Matthew Read (Moonage Pictures). Filming will take place across the picturesque landscapes of the South West of the UK.
The series was commissioned by Sarah Muller, Senior Head of BBC Children’s Commissioning 7+ and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Amy Buscombe. For ZDF, Frank Seyberth, Head of International Coproduction, is responsible for the series together with Katharina Kremling as Commissioning Editor. The first episode is directed by Tim Kirkby (Fleabag, The Pentaverate) and produced by Moonage Pictures and byNWR Originals. Asim Abbasi (Churails, Cake, Count Abdulla) will direct the second episode and Bill Eagles (Beautiful Creatures, Gotham, Pennyworth) will direct the third episode. BBC Studios, who have a minority stake in Moonage, will oversee international distribution. Jessica Wirdemann, Executive Producer, International Co-Productions for BBC Studios in Germany brokered the co-production deal with German ZDF. BBC Studios have presold the series to France’s TF1. Episode one is written by Matthew Read, episode two is written by Priya K Dosanjh, with episode three written by Matthew Bouch and Matthew Read. Executive Producers are Nicolas Winding Refn, Matthew Read, Will Gould, Frith Tiplady, Tim Kirkby, Christina Bostofte Erritzøe, Kimberly Willming and Matthew Bouch. Producer is Sophie MacClancy.