Lee Ingleby, Charity Wakefield and Shaun Williamson let down their hair in BBC One's Rapunzel
Lee Ingleby (George Gently, Life On Mars), Charity Wakefield (Sense And Sensibility, Jane Eyre), Shaun Williamson (Extras, EastEnders) and Geraldine James (Little Britain, The Time Of Your Life) are confirmed as starring in Rapunzel – the third of four comedy dramas to be made by Hat Trick Productions in Northern Ireland as part of the modern anthology of Fairy Tales for BBC One.
Updated by Ed Roe (Smack The Pony, Teachers, No Angels), this version of Rapunzel is set in the competitive world of tennis and tells the story of failing male tennis player, Jimmy Stojkovic (Lee Ingleby). Jimmy is persuaded by his errant father, Sava (Shaun Williamson), to disguise himself as a woman in a final attempt to win the grand slam tennis final.
The plan goes awry when Jimmy falls in love with the beautiful reigning champion, Billy Jane Brooke (Charity Wakefield) much to the horror of her over-protective mother (Geraldine James).
The comedy drama also stars Oliver Chris (Green Wing, Casualty) as Vuk, Jimmy's smarmy love rival; Tony Way (Tittybangbang, Saxondale) as Sava's brother Boris; Alex Jennings (The Queen, A Very Social Secretary) as ex-tennis player turned pundit; and tennis legend Pat Cash also makes an appearance as a tennis commentator.
The other Fairy Tales featured in the anthology are Billy Goat, starring Bernard Hill, Paul Nicholls, Mathew Horne and Sarah Smart; Cinderella starring James Nesbitt and Maxine Peake and The Emperor's New Clothes with casting to be announced.
All four Fairy Tales have been commissioned by BBC Northern Ireland and made by Hat Trick Productions in association with the Northern Ireland Screen and will transmit later this year on BBC One.
Rapunzel is produced by Hannah Pescod, executive produced by Mark Redhead, and directed by Catherine Morshead (Viva Blackpool, Shameless) and is currently filming in and around Belfast.
The executive producer for the BBC is Patrick Spence and all four Fairy Tales were commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction.