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Horrible Histories stars tackle the Bard

Stars of award-winning children's show Horrible Histories are to head to the big screen in a comedy movie about William Shakespeare.

The team behind the CBBC show has landed titles at the TV Baftas and the British Comedy Awards.

The six lead actors – Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond – will reunite to star in the film, Bill, later this year.

The Horrible Histories stars will take on several roles "in the style of the Python films", according to film-makers.

Rickard and Willbond have scripted the movie, which sees hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare follow his dream of becoming a writer.

"We're playing with history, just as Shakespeare did, for the entertainment of the audience. And we like to think he'd be OK with it. Apart from the bit where he's dressed as a tomato."

Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, said: "We're thrilled that BBC Films is making the first film starring this team of incredibly talented and popular British comedy writers and performers."

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