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Will Ferrell's new project The Spoils of Babylon has been picked up by Fox.

The six-part miniseries - which satirises classic melodramatic series such as The Winds of War and The Thorn Birds - will receive its UK premiere on January 18.

The Funny or Die series is executive produced by Ferrell, who also stars in the project as fictional author Eric Jonrosh.

Jonrosh's novel The Spoils of Babylon and its characters become the basis for the show.

Kristen Wiig stars as Cynthia Morehouse, the daughter of an infamous oil magnate who must fight her feelings for her adopted brother Devon (Tobey Maguire).

Tim Robbins plays head of the family Jonas Morehouse, while Haley Joel Osment stars as Cynthia's evil son Winston.

Michael Sheen, Jessica Alba and Val Kilmer are among the supporting cast.

The series also features a cameo by David Spade and the voice of Carey Mulligan.

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