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So let’s get straight down to the challenging questions. First up: what is a mole’s favourite food? For real, I mean, Warwick. This isn’t a Christmas cracker riddle. Impressively, he gives me the correct answer instantly: “Earthworms!” Must have been too easy, I guess.
How about this one? What do you call a bunch of moles in a group? Again, not a moment’s hesitation: “Ah, yes, I know this one as well! It’s a ‘ labour’ of moles, isn’t it?” Blimey, yes, it is.
And lastly, which mole is his prepollex?
For once, Warwick hesitates. Finally, I think I’ve got him stumped. “Is it the coating on his fur?” he eventually asks. Sorry, not even close. His prepollex is his extra thumb. “Oh, wow!” cries Warwick. “That’s a great fact. Thanks for that!”
If you’re wondering why, given limited interview time with such a star of stage and screen, I’m steering things down this route, it’s because a mole happens to be the latest character Warwick is playing – or, rather, putting his voice to. It’s the title part in a new of
DOWN WITH THE KIDS: Boomerang show Master Moley Mona Lisa – but hey, it’s still a bit of a result.
Julie Walters, Charles Dance and Richard E Grant are among the other stars voicing the series and Warwick feels it’s all rather inspirational.
The actor adds: “Moletown is a happy place. We could learn a lot from it.
“Everyone is treated equal. It also looks after planet and recycles a lot.”
Top stuff. Although let’s not forget the Wombles were doing the green thing years ago.
“Good point,” Warwick concedes. “That was way before anyone even mentioned the word ‘ recycling’.” animated series for kids and he is chuffed to be playing it.
“It’s great fun,” Warwick says, “and quite ‘ out there’, which kids will really enjoy.
“It’s also very contemporary. You can’t talk down to kids or patronise them nowadays, the way kids’ TV did in our day.”
Moley is “slightly insecure and bumbling” – but soon to be a hero in the magical underground world of Moletown.
Better still, this will earn him the affection of Gemma Arterton, no less. All right, so in this case the actress is a mole as well – a French one, called as the