Christmas TV show made in Lancaster

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As the stage door closes on the filming of yet another prime time TV production right here on our doorstep, Lancaster can be proud that it played a crucial role in there being something special to watch on TV this Christmas.

Comedy drama Panto!, co-written and starring Liverpool comedian John Bishop at the city’s Grand Theatre will hit the screens at 9pm on ITV1 on Thursday December 27.

Other locations getting a share of the limelight in this festive production include Market Square, St George’s Quay and Williamson Park.

Bringing with it an all star cast including co-star Sheridan Smith, Mark Benton, Samantha Spiro and 1990s pop star Chesney Hawkes, it is the latest in a long list of productions for the Lancaster district, following hot on the heels of the BBC1’s award winning Turn Back Time: The Family earlier this year.

To assist Baby Cow Productions in the filming of the festive comedy drama, Lancaster City Council officers were called upon to both find and provide film locations which ticked all the right boxes as well as temporary office, storage and parking facilities.

Coun Ron Sands, cabinet member with responsibility for culture and tourism, said: “The filming of Panto! is another fantastic coup for the district and it is hoped that this star-studded production will put the district under the national TV spotlight again and promote what it has to offer to millions of potential new visitors.

“At the same time, when it appears on TV, it should give everyone who lives in our district a tremendous sense of pride that our beautiful area is in such great demand.”