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Hat Trick serves 'Goat' for BBC

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Hat Trick Productions is making a series of four reworked fairy tales for BBC One.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Emperor's New Clothes, Cinderella and Rapunzel will get a modern twist from a range of contemporary writers.

Billy Goat, the first the four, is written by League of Gentleman writer Jeremy Dyson.

The story focuses on a boy band made up of brothers Connor, played by Paul Nicholls, and Dean Gruff, played by Mathew Horne, with Nick Mohammed as their friend Rafiq Bhavani. The trio enjoy local success in Northern clubs and crave bigger things, but are locked into a tight contract by manager Grettongrat, played by Bernard Hill.

Dyson said: "I've always loved The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This was my favourite fairy tale and like any good story, it resonates today – people wanting to achieve more, discovering if the grass really is greener on the other side."

Filming begins in Northern Ireland this month. The series was commissioned by BBC Northern Ireland and made by Hat Trick Productions in association with the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission.

Patrick Spence, head of drama, BBC Northern Ireland, said: "It's great to be following in the footsteps of Canterbury Tales and Shakespeare. These are four great stories brought to life in a thoroughly modern way by four great writers. I'm also delighted that we're filming in Northern Ireland and I can't wait to see the results."

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