Andrew Dipper

Harry Hill to reprise his role as Professor Branestawm

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Harry Hill is to reprise his role as the title lead in the BBC One show The Further Adventures of Professor Branestawm as filming begins this week.

Set in the quintessential English village of Great Pagwell, the hour-long special sees Branestawm face money troubles when his bills are literally out of control.

In order to try and pay off his debts, Connie suggests he enter the town’s best inventing competition to win a cash prize of £1,854 and a thruppeny bit – enough money to pay off his tax bill.

Returning to the show alongside Harry are Vicki Pepperdine as Mrs Flittersnoop (Getting On), Madeline Holliday as Connie (CBBC’s Hank Zipzer), Simon Day as Colonel Dedshott (The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern), Charlie Higson (The Fast Show) as the Mayor, David Mitchell (Peep Show) as councilor Harold Haggerstone, Sophie Thompson (Jericho) as Connie’s mum Aggie, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey).

And joining the cast includes Steve Pemberton (Inside No 9) as Professor Algebrain, Dame Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones) as Lady Pagwell and Bob Mortimer (House Of Fools) as Professor Awfulshirt.

Writer Charlie Higson said: “It’s very exciting to be making another Branestawn film. It’s great to get the cast back together and have fun in this crazy world.

Harry Hill added: “I’m thrilled to be back playing the original nutty professor, and this time he’s even nuttier than last time.”