Year Of The Rabbit. Detective Inspector Rabbit (Matt Berry). Copyright: Objective Productions.

Year Of The Rabbit

Channel 4 sitcom starring Matt Berry. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2019. Stars Matt Berry, Freddie Fox, Susan Wokoma, Alun Armstrong and others.

Another series is in development.

Year Of The Rabbit. Image shows from L to R: David Dawson, Taika Waititi. Copyright: Objective Productions.

Series 1, Episode 3

Gang warfare is raging in the East End. Wisbech sends Strauss and Mabel undercover, whilst Rabbit finds himself ostracised from the case due to his age.

Further details

Gang warfare is raging in the East End, with the Flower Girls and the Stepney Boys - two rival gangs of body snatchers - waging all-out war for turf and bodies. Wisbech sends Strauss and Mabel undercover to join the gangs, which involves Strauss taking lessons about how to be more 'street', and not to use the word 'spiffing' so much. For Mabel, she's hoping this might be her chance to gain a much-coveted Police badge.

Meanwhile Rabbit finds himself ostracised from the case due to his age - these are youth gangs - and he takes umbrage when Wisbech packs him off to an old people's home to investigate a spate of mysterious poisonings instead. But is he really too old for this game? And if so, what's to become of him?

Mabel's professional success is making her more and more useful to the Women's Society she's joined, but their designs on her are not necessarily benevolent. If she wasn't so enamoured of the free champagne, she might be a bit more aware of what was actually going on.

Broadcast details

Monday 24th June 2019
Channel 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Matt Berry Detective Inspector Rabbit
Freddie Fox Wilbur Strauss
Susan Wokoma Mabel Wisbech
Alun Armstrong Chief Inspector Wisbech
Paul Kaye D.I. Tanner
David Dawson Joseph Merrick
Ann Mitchell Gwendoline
Keeley Hawes Lydia
Amer Chadha-Patel Keith
Guest cast
David Webber Newspaper Seller
Alan Peat Policeman
Nadia Albina Tess
Beatie Edney Miss McHenry
Carla Harrison-Hodge Ginny
Sally Sanders Baby
Ellicia Simondwood Street Urchin
Taika Waititi Musician
Morgan Watkins Ernie
Writing team
Kevin Cecil Writer
Andy Riley Writer
Matt Berry Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Ben Taylor Director
Hannah Mackay Producer
Ben Farrell Executive Producer
Toby Stevens Executive Producer
Matt Berry Executive Producer
Andy Riley Executive Producer
Kevin Cecil Executive Producer
Ben Taylor Executive Producer


How to be Cockney

To infiltrate an East End gang, Detective Rabbit takes Strauss to a special associate in order to teach him Cockney slang...

Featuring: Matt Berry (Detective Inspector Rabbit), Freddie Fox (Wilbur Strauss), Paul Kaye (D.I. Tanner), David Dawson (Joseph Merrick), Taika Waititi (Musician).


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