Cult TV show comes to town

By Jenni DixonCULT television comedy series Little Britain will be filmed in Southwold next month, it was revealed last night.Two weeks after location managers from the show were spotted in the town, the BBC has now sent Southwold Town Council a list of places and dates for filming.

By Jenni Dixon

CULT television comedy series Little Britain will be filmed in Southwold next month, it was revealed last night.

Two weeks after location managers from the show were spotted in the town, the BBC has now sent Southwold Town Council a list of places and dates for filming.

Although the genteel town is no stranger to film crews - the movie Iris was filmed there - residents may get a shock when the wacky characters featured in the Bafta-award winning show hit the streets.


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So will incomprehensible teenager Vicky Pollard choose to watch the world go by from the guns on Gun Hill?

Or will Emily Howard, an unconvincing transvestite who runs a guesthouse in a similar seaside town, take a walk by the beach huts?

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Will carer Lou try to traverse North Parade with his wheelchair-bound, yet secretly able-bodied, friend Andy without making too much of a “kerfuffle”?

And how about Majorie Dawes, leader of the Fat Fighters sliming group, ordering dieters round the common's tennis courts?

Or Daffyd, the proud only gay man in a Welsh mining town, asking for tea and scones in the English Rose Tea rooms in High Street?

All these locations promise to be featured in the BBC's filming schedulewhen the show ­- created and acted by Matt Lucas and David Walliams - arrives in Southwold on July 21 and 22.

Southwold Chamber of Trade and Commerce has welcomed the BBC choosing the town for filming of the show.

Its chairman, Stephan Cornell, said: “We've got our own fair share of eccentrics and any exposure for Southwold and its businesses will be wonderful.”

David Holland, spokesman for Waveney District Council, agreed. “It's great and excellent publicity, but we would have to make sure that people are not inconvenienced in the town,” he added.

The BBC is currently liasing with the district council over filming in other locations and are planning to use car parks and St Felix School as a base for the Little Britain team.

jenni.dixon@eadt.co.uk

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