BBC One has released the official trailer for Watership Down, which is airing as two special feature-length episodes this Christmas, on Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23. The star-studded new adaptation of Watership Down uses Richard Adams’ bestselling novel as its source to bring an innovative interpretation to the much loved classic.
Adapted for the screen by Tom Bidwell and directed by Noam Murro, this tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of rabbits as they flee the certain destruction of their home.
Led by stout-hearted brothers Hazel (James McAvoy) and Fiver (Nicholas Hoult), the rabbits begin their journey from Sandleford Warren, through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards the hope of a better life.
Watership Down also features the vocal talents of John Boyega as Bigwig, Olivia Colman as Strawberry, Sir Ben Kingsley as General Woundwort, Tom Wilkinson as Threarah, Gemma Arterton as Clover, Peter Capaldi as Kehaar, Mackenzie Crook as Hawkbit, Anne-Marie Duff as Hyzenthlay, Taron Egerton as El-Ahrairah, Freddie Fox as Captain Holly, Daniel Kaluuya as Bluebell, Miles Jupp as Blackberry, Rory Kinnear as Cowslip, Craig Parkinson as Sergeant Sainfoin, Rosamund Pike as The Black Rabbit Of Inlé, Jason Watkins as Captain Orchis, and Gemma Chan as Dewdrop
The series was produced and developed by 42 and Biscuit Entertainment.