The Wind in the Willows is a 2006 live-action television adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic novel The Wind in the Willows. It was a joint production of the BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and starred Matt Lucas (Mr. Toad), Bob Hoskins (Badger), Mark Gatiss (Ratty), and Lee Ingleby (Mole), with a cameo appearance from Michael Murphy as the Judge. Rachel Talalay directed. It debuted in Canada on CBC Television on December 18, 2006, in the United Kingdom on BBC1 on 1 January 2007, in the U.S. on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre on April 8, 2007 and in Australia on ABC TV on 23 December 2007. It was filmed on location in Bucharest, Romania. Though the novel is considered children's literature, critics noted that this adaptation might not be appropriate for young children; Ginia Bellafante wrote in The New York Times that it "is ultimately too jaunty to be considered 100 percent safe for someone over 10", and David Knox thought it "may well alienate children". However, Variety's Brian Lowry said that its appeal "should run the demographic gamut for PBS, from Sesame Street to Bleak House." Critics praised Matt Lucas's portrayal of Mr. Toad. "In ordinary life Mr. Lucas’s frame does not suggest that he is a salad-and-pea-shoots kind of guy, and here he has fun with an exaggerated corpulence that seems to leave him channeling W. C. Fields," wrote Bellafante.[2] David Knox wrote that "Lucas’ performance positively swamps this treatment of the classic story".[3]

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The Wind in the Willows (2006)

Adventure/Drama/Comedy · 1h 39m

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The Wind in the Willows is a 2006 live-action television adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic novel The Wind in the Willows. It was a joint production of the BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and starred Matt Lucas (Mr. Toad), Bob Hoskins (Badger), Mark Gatiss (Ratty), and Lee Ingleby (Mole), with a cameo appearance from Michael Murphy as the Judge. Rachel Talalay directed. It debuted in Canada on CBC Television on December 18, 2006, in the United Kingdom on BBC1 on 1 January 2007, in the U.S. on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre on April 8, 2007 and in Australia on ABC TV on 23 December 2007. It was filmed on location in Bucharest, Romania. Though the novel is considered children's literature, critics noted that this adaptation might not be appropriate for young children; Ginia Bellafante wrote in The New York Times that it "is ultimately too jaunty to be considered 100 percent safe for someone over 10", and David Knox thought it "may well alienate children". However, Variety's Brian Lowry said that its appeal "should run the demographic gamut for PBS, from Sesame Street to Bleak House." Critics praised Matt Lucas's portrayal of Mr. Toad. "In ordinary life Mr. Lucas’s frame does not suggest that he is a salad-and-pea-shoots kind of guy, and here he has fun with an exaggerated corpulence that seems to leave him channeling W. C. Fields," wrote Bellafante.[2] David Knox wrote that "Lucas’ performance positively swamps this treatment of the classic story".[3]

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Cast
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Matt Lucas

Toad
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Mark Gatiss

Rat
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Lee Ingleby

Mole
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Bob Hoskins

Badger
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Imelda Staunton

Barge Lady
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Jim Carter

Engine Driver
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Anna Maxwell Martin

Gaoler's Daughter
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Mary Walsh

Washerwoman
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Michael Murphy

Judge
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Alex MacQueen

Clerk
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Emil Hostina

Mr. Tweed
Crew
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Rachel Talalay

Director
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Kenneth Grahame

Writer
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Lee Hall

Writer
Disc Releases
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Masterpiece Theatre: The Wind in the Willows

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

5/15/2007

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