Report by James Franklin , Reporter
Thursday, June 14, 2012
THE stars of Sky comedy series The Café will return to Weston this month to begin filming a second series of the show.
The sitcom, starring The Royle Family star Ralf Little and Weston-born comedienne and actor Michelle Terry, first aired on Sky1 in November, and was confirmed for a second series of eight episodes earlier this year.
Now that workmen have once again put up the eponymous café on Weston’s seafront, near to Knightstone Island, filming will begin on June 25 and the series’ producer has told the Mercury the cast and crew are delighted to be back in the resort.
The series is largely based on Michelle’s memories of her home town – where she attended Priory Community School – and drew in an estimated average audience of 653,000 people during its debut series.
And having garnered positive reviews from television critics, Little’s former Royle Family co-star Craig Cash will direct once again.
The shooting process is likely to take eight weeks, and will involve about 40 crew members and 20 actors.
Ralf plays Richard, a care home assistant by day and musician by night, while Michelle plays Sarah, a former school sweetheart of Richard’s and a member of the family running the seafront café.
Series producer Susie Liggat, of Jellylegs Productions, said: “We’re chuffed to bits, it’s really a joy to be here and I think everybody that saw the first series saw the tone of the programme – it’s very lyrical, kind and gentle.
“It’s a joy for us to be working here rather than tearing around London shooting cops and robbers.
“Weston is a very filmic place - with the tide and lights it is full of idiosyncrasies, and I think Ralf and Michelle have really caught that in their script.
“This time we’re doing a bit more of a partnership with local organisations, for example we have had some apprentices from Weston College helping us.
“Obviously shooting can be tough as we will doing it for up to 12 hours each day, so it would be great if everyone in Weston could be sensitive to our filming programme.”
The producers are also looking for Westonians to feature in the show as extras – if you are interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org