Keith Allen, Emma Pierson, Alan Williams & More Join BBC One’s ‘Woody’

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Woody Casting

BBC One has rounded out the cast for Woody.

Keith Allen (Robin Hood), Emma Pierson (Hotel Babylon), Alan Williams (Starlings) and Jamie Demetriou (The Midnight Beast) have joined the cast of the six episode comedy series, which is being toplined by Kayvan Novak (Puppy Love) and Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK), TVWise has learned.

Woody is set on a fictional Spanish island and follows the fortunes of one of the UK’s best undercover reporters. Woody (Novak) is forced to go on the run from the British authorities after being set up by his corrupt newspaper editor. Woody escapes to find the one man he can trust, his former mentor at the newspaper, Brutus (Walsh). Now an ex-patriot living a quiet life running a bar on a Spanish island, Brutus is initially less than thrilled to see Woody. However, he soon realises that he can profit by putting his trouble-making protégé to work.

In addition to the regular cast, Lee Boardman (Great Night Out),  Clive Swift (Keeping Up Appearances), Alex Kirk (Mount Pleasant), Tracy Ann Oberman (Friday Night Dinner) Jack Dee (Lead Balloon), Kara Tointon (EastEnders), Simon Day (The Fast Show), Cavan Clerkin (The Inbetweeners), Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones), Sean Gilder (Shameless) and Morgana Robinson (House Of Fools) are set to appear in guest starring roles.

Woody, which was created by Neil Webster & Charlie Skelton, landed a six episode series order at BBC One earlier this year, after initially being piloted in 2013. It is being produced by Happy Tramp Productions, with Neil Webster serving as the executive producer, while Ben Palmer is attached to direct. Production on the series is now underway for a Spring 2015 premiere.

“We’re delighted to be making this huge, silly, sunny show for BBC1. We have a whole raft of capers for Kayvan, Bradley and the gang to enjoy, including talking parrots, the island’s annual hypnotist convention and the murder of the Spanish singing superstar, Elton Juan”, said Neil Webster. “We’re aiming to bring a lot of warmth into viewers’ homes week after week.”