Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman and Sir Derek Jacobi are among the stars set to appear in the second series of comedy series This Is Jinsy.
The brainchild of Chris Bran and Justin Chubb, This Is Jinsy follows the struggle of Arbiter Maven (Chubb) and Sporall (Bran) to control the knitwear-loving residents of an extraordinary island, combining colourful adventures, musical madness and surreal invention.
The second series, consisting of eight episodes, will head back to the island to find Maven and Sporall with a host of new characters, some returning favourites and plenty of songs in the finest Jinsy tradition. And just like the first series, which saw appearances from stars such as David Tennant and Catherine Tate, there are a raft of new guests making their way to the island this year.
Episode One will see a guest spot from Stephen Fry as Dr. Bevelspepp, who uses his encyclopaedic knowledge of Jinsy to help save the island from an invasion of rampaging hair.
Others to drop in for a guest role include Katy Brand as Madame Astralina, a flamboyant psychic who obtains her readings from a pen of rats, Ben Miller as the Chief Accountant of Jinsy, and his daughter Berpetta, a drunk, hefty, buck-toothed accountant, Dame Eileen Atkins as Miss Penny, a school-mistress with a massive dome of pinned hair who teaches Extreme Etiquette for Girls and Sir Derek Jacobi as Robunce Barnatty, the eldest resident of Jinsy island, at 98 cycles old to name only a few.
The guest stars join returning series regulars Alice Lowe as Soosan Noop, Janine Duvitskias Mrs Goadion and Geoff McGivern as Trince.
This Is Jinsy will return to Sky Atlantic HD in late January 2014.