Ardal O'Hanlon, Jane Horrocks and Tameka Empson also on board

Driftwood Bay voice cast includes Stephen Fry and Peter Mullan

The voice cast for new pre-school series Driftwood Bay has been revealed, and Stephen Fry, Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks will be voicing characters.

Set to air on Nick Jr. in May, Driftwood Bay is produced by Sixteen South and follows Lily, a little girl who creates an imaginary world from treasure she finds washed up on a beach.

Game of Thrones’ Richard Dormer voices Lily’s Dad, Harry Potter’s Peter Mullan voices Salty Dog the sailor while Stephen Fry plays Lord Stag, a deer with ‘a taste for the finer things in life.’

“Any actor would give his right arm to be doing a series like Driftwood Bay," said Mullan.

"It’s sweet, innovative, funny and gentle with a good heart and a great sense of collective responsibility. I’ve never done any voice work on animation so I thought this was a nice chance to do something that my children can actually see me in for a change."

Elsewere, One Foot in the Grave’s Annette Crosbie plays Nonna Dog, Tameka Empson plays train-driving Hatsie Hen and Father Ted’s Ardal O’Hanlon voices a bull called Bull.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine attracting a cast of this magnitude to Driftwood Bay,” says producer Colin Williams from Sixteen South.

“These incredibly talented people have taken our characters off the page and made them come alive in the most wonderful, creative way”.

Tim Patterson, VP director of programming, Nickelodeon UK and Ireland, added: “Driftwood Bay is completely different in look and feel to any other pre-school properties around at the moment. 

"With its distinctive visual appeal and wonderful, warm characters we think it will quickly become a firm favourite with our young viewers and their parents”.

The series is set to air in May on Nick Jr. and will also air on RTE in Ireland, Sprout in US, ABC Australia, Kika in Germany, MTV in Finland, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, and HOP! in Israel later this year. Broadcasters in Australia and the US are keeping the original voices to the series.

The Jim Henson Company’s third party licensing label, HIP holds the exclusive worldwide television distribution and ancillary rights (excluding UK) for the series.

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