Here's a set of beloved characters that I would probably never have considered tackling independently of commission. Somehow I would never have associated my work with Kenneth Grahame's
Wind In The Willows, but I'm very pleased that the powers that be at the Radio Times thought otherwise. From the synopsis:
A Change In The Willows reunites the beloved characters of Kenneth Grahame's seminal The Wind in the Willows for an all new adventure, written by Ian Buchan.
Toad is back on a spending spree and dismissive of his friends until he needs their help for a rather irritating ghost problem. Ratty finds himself flooded out of his riverside home by rising river levels.
Mole tries to understand the link between the pang in his stomach and the desire all animals have to be amongst their own kind. And good old Badger is upset that nobody listens to him and his friends take him for granted.
The cast stars Tim McInnerny as Toad, Stephen Mangan as Mole, Julian Rhind-Tutt as Ratty and Andrew Sachs as Badger."
A really interesting commission all round, a real challenge and great to be stretched with the subject matter. Out on the news stands today.