Watership Down remake with all-star cast gets epic trailer and air-date on BBC One

BBC One’s all-star adaptation of Watership Down has finally got a trailer and a release date.

Watership Down will air as two feature-length episodes on BBC One on Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23.

The new series has been adapted from Richard Adams’ novel by Tom Bidwell, and directed by Noam Murro.

As many of us will know (after being traumatised as children), Watership Down follows a group of rabbits from Sandleford Warren as they flee the destruction of their home.

The incredible voice acting cast includes X-Men‘s James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, former Bond girl Gemma Arterton, The Crown‘s Olivia Colman and Star Wars‘ John Boyega.

Last month, the Beeb confirmed that the line-up also includes Doctor Who‘s Peter Capaldi, Gone Girl‘s Rosamund Pike, Black Panther‘s Daniel Kaluuya, Kingsman‘s Taron Egerton, The Office‘s Mackenzie Crook, Captain Marvel’s Gemma Chan, and many more.

Oscar-winning Bond theme writer Sam Smith has recorded the original song ‘Fire on Fire’ for the series as well.

“I am so excited and honoured to be a part of this new adaptation of Watership Down,” Sam said. “This story is so powerful and timeless, and it has been thrilling to work with Noam and his team and the incredible Steve Mac on this song for it. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.”

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Watership Down will air as two feature-length episodes on BBC One on Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23. Netflix will distribute the series elsewhere in the world.

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