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Stephen Fry is to join the cast of 'Yonderland', as Sky 1's fantasy comedy gets a third series.

The series is written by and stars Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond. Filming is set to start in the spring, and the third series will air before the end of the year.

Fry will play Cuddly Dick, a former Elder who returns to Yonderland after being imprisoned by the now-deceased Imperatrix. Dick is a charming, avuncular eccentric who spreads love and kindness wherever he goes. So it sounds like Fry is right for the part.

Adam McDonald, director of Sky 1, said: "After two successful series, it's extremely exciting to be bringing back 'Yonderland' to Sky 1 for a third adventure. The creative team and cast are exceptionally talented and this weirdly wonderful show is well-loved by our audience. With the brilliant addition of Stephen Fry, this is a comedic treat for the whole family."

Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner added: "We are delighted to be bringing 'Yonderland' back for a third series. In Cuddly Dick, our incredibly talented writers have created a very funny and surprising character to add to the other assorted idiots of 'Yonderland', and to have Stephen Fry joining the team to play him is the icing on the cake. We could not be more pleased."

The creators of 'Yonderland" said they we "hysterically excited – and, yes, a little nervous – to be be welcoming [Fry] to the mad world of 'Yonderland'."

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