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Noel Fielding Swaps 'The Mighty Boosh' for Outlaw Life in 'The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin'

There's an 'Our Flag Means Death' vibe to this new six-episode British comedy, which sees its star riff on a real-life highwayman.
By Sarah Ward
February 07, 2024
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By Sarah Ward
February 07, 2024
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Take a historical figure, but someone from several centuries back who isn't a worldwide household name. Use them as the basis for a new comedy series which doesn't promise to stick to the facts for a second. And, enlist famous hilarity-inspiring folks to tell the tale. The above description sums up Our Flag Means Death, which has sadly departed the streaming seas after being cancelled following a two-season run. It also fits Apple TV+'s upcoming six-part effort The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin, with The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding in the titular role.

Where Our Flag Means Death's Stede Bonnet was an 18th-century pirate, The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin's namesake stuck to land in the same era as a highwayman. You can look up how his story turned out, or you can see how the series gives it the comic treatment from Friday, March 1, as it follows Turpin and his gang of fellow outlaws.

As the just-dropped trailer demonstrates, working in plenty of dick jokes — well, it is the show's main character's moniker — is high on The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin's agenda. So is Fielding in his usual comic mode, as seen on The Great British Bake Off and Never Mind the Buzzcocks as well.

Turpin's quest: to evade the corrupt Jonathan Wilde (Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey: A New Era), who fancies himself as a thief-taker, and just generally stay alive. And if you're wondering what kind of antics are in store, Fielding is also one of the series' writers, so anything could happen.

Wild costume changes are a given. So is Fielding playing charming but chaotic. "I know what you're thinking: who is this guy with the incredible cheek bones? Where does he get his hair done? One day, I'll be the most-famous highway man in all of England," Turpin tells a crowd to start of the show's sneak peek — only for it to be revealed that he's standing on a gallows, about to be hanged.

Joining Fielding in the cast: Ellie White (Wonka), Marc Wootton (High & Dry), Duayne Boachie (You Don't Know Me), Tamsin Greig (Sexy Beast), Asim Chaudhry (Barbie), Dolly Wells (The Outlaws) and Joe Wilkinson (Sex Education) — and also Noel's brother Michael (also The Mighty Boosh) and his Never Mind the Buzzcocks host Greg Davies (The Cleaner).

Check out the trailer for The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin below:

The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin streams via Apple TV+ from Friday, March 1, 2024.

Published on February 07, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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