10/10/2014 11:37 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Downton Abbey Cast To Star In Disney's Doc McStuffins


Downton Abbey fans and Doc McStuffins fans don't have much in common - starting with the fact that they tend to be of rather different ages. But now they both have cause to rejoice, as the two hit TV shows have joined forces for a special episode.

Sadly the Doc won't actually meet Lord Grantham or Anna Bates, but the voices of the people (and the toys) she does meet will sound awfully familiar.

Joanne Froggatt (Downton's housemaid Anna Bates), Lesley Nicol (head cook Mrs Patmore), Matt Milne (footman Alfred Nugent), Nigel Harman (villainous valet Mr Green), and Robert Bathurst (Sir Anthony Strallan), have guest-voiced on a Florence Nightingale themed episode of Doc McSnuffins.

For those Downton fans who have yet to experience the delights of Doc McStuffins, it is an animation about the adventures of a young girl who aspires to be a doctor and runs a clinic for her toys.

In an episode called Let the Nightingale sing, Doc and the toys magically travel back to 19th century England where they meet a young Florence Nightingale (voiced by Joanne Froggatt).

Nicol guest stars as Pip, a small porcelain doll; Milne as a teddy bear called Bernard; Harman as Doodle Doo, a tin rooster; and Bathurst as Fiddlesticks, a toy admiral.

Let the Nightingale sing will air on Disney Junior UK in December - however the exact date of broadcast has not yet been confirmed. Now there's a cliffhanger worthy of the Abbey!

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