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The BBC has released first look images from this year's Dodger Christmas special which launches first on iPlayer on the 29th November.

The action-packed Christmas special features a star-studded cast including Nicola Coughlan, Paul Whitehouse, Simon Callow, Toby Stephens and series regular Christopher Eccleston who reprises his role as Fagin.

Also returning are Billy Jenkins as Dodger, Ellie-May Sheridan as Polly, Connor Curren as Tom, Mila Lieu as Tang, Lenny Rush as Morgan, Javone Prince as PC Blathers, Tony Way as Jon The News and Ed Kear as Neville. Other guest stars include Dan Renton Skinner and Alex Macqueen.

Written by Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery, the 55-minute special, titled Coronation, will see Fagin and the gang’s biggest heist yet, getting their hands on Queen Victoria’s crown from her Coronation ceremony. Written by Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery, the new special will also see the writers return to play PC Duff and Minnie Bilge.

Speaking ahead of the special airing, Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery said "Dodger just keeps getting bigger and better - look at that glittering guest cast! We are overjoyed to be back in the top hat and what a thrill to pack another Coronation into an already regal year."

To which Senior Head of BBC Children’s Commissioning 7+, Sarah Muller added "Dodger and the gang have delighted audiences with their hilarious antics and we’re so pleased they’re back with a fabulous cast and even more fun and spectacle."

The latest Dodger special is produced by BBC Studios Kids & Family Productions in association with Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group and is executive produced by Mark Freeland with Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery and produced by Lauriel Martin.

The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Amy Buscombe, with Sarah Muller, Senior Head of BBC Children’s Commissioning 7+. NBCUniversal Global Distribution is handling international sales.

Dodger returns Wednesday 29th November on BBC iPlayer and will be shown on CBBC and BBC One over the festive season


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