Timothy Claypole, the never funny court Jester in children's sitcom Rentaghost is to be recast as a serial killer in the forthcoming film of the series that is being released on Friday.
Claypole will be played by heavyweight English Thespian Jeremy Irons, whilst the iconic role of Pantomime Horse Dobbin will be played by Brian Blessed and diminitative funnyman Ronnie Corbett. The film will also feature a small role for Scooby Doo, as well as a physic investigator, played by Val Kilmer.
The film's director Richard Attenborough said: 'This will bring out the depth of Rentaghost that was always missing from the anodyne TV version. It was always aimed at Kids, so that was fair. This version is much more like Shakespeare, with poetic, flowery language, and a charming serial killer. I feel that Jeremy has the right gravitas as Timothy Claypole'
Sue Nicholls, who now plays Audrey Roberts in Coronation Street said: 'Well, it seems like a terrific idea, and like I always said, never trust a man who dresses as a Court Jester, when it is not actually his job. It is just a shame there is no room for me in the film, I would love to work with Brian Blessed. That would be a dream come true'.