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Norfolk setting for Fry's new series

PUBLISHED: 09:23 30 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:07 22 October 2010

Stephen Fry - new series set in Norfolk

Stephen Fry - new series set in Norfolk

RICHARD BALLS

One of Norfolk's most famous acting sons is poised to bring county life to the nation's television screens in a new series.

One of Norfolk's most famous acting sons is poised to bring county life to the nation's television screens in a new series.

In his first drama series for ITV since Jeeves and Wooster more than 10 years ago, Stephen Fry is set to star in a series set in a fictional Norfolk town.

'Kingdom' stars the multi-talented Fry as Peter Kingdom, a country solicitor with the human touch whose life is overshadowed by the mysterious death of his brother.

The six-part legal series is set in Market Shipborough, and centres on Kingdom's dysfunctional family.

Hermione Norris and Celia Imrie also star in the series, which also focuses on the people he works with and the town's residents.

Fry, who is also the executive producer, said: “Kingdom does promise viewers a glimpse of the locations I love, and an hour in front of the television that will wash them in colours, textures, landscapes and characters that delight.”

The series is being made in association with Fry's own production company, Sprout.

Probably best known to TV viewers for his roles in Black Adder, Fry is intrinsically linked with Norfolk and recently became patron of the West Norfolk literature group Centre Poets, taking over from BBC Radio 4 presenter John Timpson who died last year.

The comedian, actor and writer grew up in Booton, near Reepham, and briefly attended Gresham's School in Holt before going to prep school in Gloucestershire.

He returned to Norfolk to re-sit his A-levels at the College of West Anglia and went on to study at Cambridge University.


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