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New comedy collection 'The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin' stands and delivers

Noel Fielding trades pastry for pistols within the new mouthful of a TV collection “The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin,” a swashbuckling romp that is miles from the genteel tent of “The Great British Bake Off.”

The English author, comic and TV host is a freeway robber in 1735 within the zany Apple TV+ collection, taking part in a mild soul within the harsh world of forest-based stick-ups, witches and curses. It began airing Friday.

“I just forgot that I’d missed that kind of comedy,” says Fielding. “I really like comedy and I really like bizarre comedy, and I’m type of excited about these magical, fantastical realms, actually.”

In this madcap world, Dick Turpin is a horrible match as a robber. He has a passion for knitting, for starters, and prefers peppermint tea over ale. After a theft, he asks his victims for suggestions to enhance the expertise. “I’m new school. There’s going to be less violence on my watch. More charm. Maybe even some panache,” he vows.

Fielding, a author and producer in addition to star, says the humor he drew on consists of “The Princess Bride,” ”Blackadder,” “Time Bandits,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Blazing Saddles.”

The collection is loosely — very loosely — based mostly on an actual robber named Dick Turpin, an English outlaw not not like Jesse James or Billy the Kid. He was popularized by Eighties pop star Adam Ant, who donned a frock coat and tricorn hat and had a success with Turpin’s well-known slogan, “Stand and Deliver.”

Fielding has his personal mannequin for Turpin — Paul Newman’s Butch Cassidy. “He’s quite an interesting character because he’s not very good at shooting, he’s not very good at fighting, but he has lots of ideas and he’s quite charming. That’s kind of all he’s got, which is brilliant.”

This Turpin is a butcher’s son who turns into vegan and type of falls into robbing stagecoaches. “I just feel like I’m destined to do something — something big, something creative,” he says within the pilot. At one level, he declares: “I haven’t been this excited since I discovered my own cheekbones.”

The first episode has Turpin be a part of a motley gang of robbers and try to guide them whereas avoiding the native evil man, performed by Hugh Bonneville, recognized from “Downton Abbey.”

Turpin is just a little eccentric, very fashionable and free-spirited. He really would not actually like violence, which creates numerous rigidity between him and his gang and the opposite freeway gangs, who discover him completely ludicrous.

“We wanted to have this sort of modern character in this quite hard world with these sort of scary characters and people are getting killed around him and shot,” says Fielding. “He, somehow, in a childlike, weird way, manages to avoid danger and get them out of trouble every week.”

In the second episode, the gang tries to spice up its score with rivals by robbing a cursed coach. In the third, they go to London to fence some stolen gold and get in some sticky conditions, together with an underground combat membership. The fourth offers with a witch, giving them an opportunity to satirize conspiracy theorists.

Kenton Allen, an govt producer of “The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin,” says the collection is extra filmic than different latest comedies — huge and foolish and bodily.

“Physical humor has kind of fallen out of fashion,” he says. “So I think we’re channeling a lot of that stuff that we grew up on, which is you can be physically funny as well as verbally funny.”

Fielding grew to become well-known in Britain as a part of The Mighty Boosh comedy troupe within the 2000s and says he was intimidated to hitch “The Great British Bake Off,” a large TV hit that requested him to joke with contestants and lighten the temper. “In a sense, this is a return to what I actually sort of trained to do,” he says.

Allen thinks Fielding is completely excellent for the half and suits on the planet they’ve created, highlighting his sly, typically weird humor, one with puns, mild lewdness and pranks.

“You have to embrace what Noel brings to a show that has an element of fantasy and surreality to it,” he says. “It has to be a world in which witches can exist, and emeralds the size of monkey’s fists can exist, and magic is going to exist.”

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