BBC Two have released the first look at Tim Key and Daisy May Cooper in new comedy The Witchfinder, along with a confirmed start date and further casting.
The Witchfinder follows a witchfinder and his suspect on a road-free road trip through an England gripped by civil war, famine and plague.
It’s the year of our Lord 1645 and fear of witchcraft is rife. Puritanical Christianity, deep-seated superstition and a willingness to scapegoat outsiders have created a tinderbox of suspicion in which few are safe. In this environment, witchfinding has flourished, as self-appointed witch experts achieve hero status by investigating accusations of witchery and extracting confessions.
A failing witchfinder, played by Tim Key, transports a suspected witch, played by Daisy May Cooper, across 1640s East Anglia to a trial that could change his fortunes forever. But his captive is the worst possible travel companion: an inquisitive, uncouth woman whose ability to prick his pomposity and ask uncomfortable questions turns a straightforward journey into a life-changing ordeal.
Joining the ensemble alongside the previously announced Tim Key and Daisy May Cooper are Jessica Hynes, Daniel Rigby, Tuwaine Barrett, Reece Shearsmith, Julian Barratt, Ricky Tomlinson, Rosie Cavaliero, Cariad Lloyd, Ellie White, Vincent Franklin, Joplin Sibtain, Allan 'Seapa' Mustafa, Seb Cardinal and Dan Skinner.
Produced by Baby Cow, the six-part series has been written and directed by Neil and Rob Gibbons, produced by Joe Fraser and executive produced by Dave Lambert, Rupert Majendie and Sarah Monteith.
The Witchfinder starts Tuesday 8th March on BBC Two