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: Flora Wilson (Jill Halfpenny), Detective Inspector Rabbit (Matt Berry). Copyright: Objective Productions.

Series 1, Episode 4

There's a sniper on the loose. A really bloody good one - he shot two men dead with the same bullet.

Further details

There's a sniper on the loose. A really bloody good one - he shot two men dead with the same bullet. The attacks appear to be completely random - a church warden in Bow, a solicitor in Clerkenwell. There's no pattern. No logic. And therefore no way of stopping it.

But Rabbit, Strauss and Mabel have other things on their minds, as they've been entrusted with the protection of one Prince Hector of Bulgaria who is visiting London for vital Balkan peace talks. If anything happens to him, or the talks break down, the consequences would be severe - a war drawing in Russia, the France, Germany and eventually England, leading to a mechanised clash of Empires, the likes of which the world has never seen.

So when the prince disappears during a shoot out at the Bar of Gold, it's imperative the team find him as quickly as possible - especially when his vituperative sister, Princess Violetta, arrives with stern words and a confusing accent.

Meanwhile, Rabbit suspects the sniper may be none other than his old flame Flora Wilson - but if he's right, that means all sorts of trouble.

Broadcast details

Monday 1st July 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
Ann Mitchell Gwendoline
Keeley Hawes Lydia
Amer Chadha-Patel Keith
Guest cast
Sally Phillips Princess Violetta
Jill Halfpenny Flora Wilson
Matthew Holness Prince Hector
Alan Peat Policeman
John Locke Neil Fromage
Anya McKenna Bruce Urchin Girl
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


Using a telephone for the first time ever

With a gunman on the loose, Rabbit, Strauss and Mabel are tasked with protecting the prince of Bulgaria on his visit to London.

Featuring: Matt Berry (Detective Inspector Rabbit), Freddie Fox (Wilbur Strauss), Susan Wokoma (Mabel Wisbech), Alun Armstrong (Chief Inspector Wisbech), Ann Mitchell (Gwendoline), Matthew Holness (Prince Hector).


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