Thursday 22 February 2018

Fry to play Napoleon's warhorse

Stephen Fry has been cast as Napoleon's horse
Stephen Fry has been cast as Napoleon's horse

Stephen Fry is swapping QI for gee-gee - starring as a horse in a new drama.

The broadcaster has been cast as Napoleon's horse in a Radio 4 production to be aired later this month.

The four-part series Warhorses Of Letters is a comedy about the love between the steeds of the French Emperor and the Duke Of Wellington.

The programme - beginning on October 25 - is told through a series of letters which have supposedly been tucked inside the cover of a book on the history of Blenheim Palace in the British Library.

Bafta-winning actor Daniel Rigby - who drew acclaim for his portrayal of Eric Morecambe in a BBC biopic - plays Wellington's horse.

Writer Robert Hudson said: "It was like a dream, basically - we thought Stephen and Daniel would be amazing but we couldn't imagine them doing it, and then they were amazing in all the predictable ways as well as in various ways we hadn't expected."

The first episode features the "early days of their romance and the beginning of the Peninsular Campaign", according to the BBC.

It also stars Tamsin Greig.

Press Association

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