Comedy star begins filming in Weston
PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 June 2011
ONE of British comedy’s most-familiar faces has been filming a new sitcom in Weston over the past week – and has even been taking guitar lessons from a local musician.
Ralf Little is currently filming The Café in the town, a comedy based around a Weston café, in which he plays a musician.
And the Royle Family, and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star has been learning tips from guitarist Adam Lipinski in preparation for his new role, even joining him for an impromptu duet in a Weston bar.
The Sky sitcom, set in a café run by three generations of the same family, was co-written by Ralf and former Westonian, comedian Michelle Terry, who also plays Sarah, a member of the family who run the eponymous café.
Ralf plays Sarah’s former school sweetheart, Richard, who is a care home assistant by day and a musician by night, while the show also features characters such as Big Issue Frank, and Keiran, described as Weston’s own living statue.
In preparation for his role, Ralf has been taking personal tuition from Adam, a long-time friend of Michelle’s, and joined him for a duet at Unwined Bar in South Parade last Thursday, where the duo played songs by Oasis and The Proclaimers, among others.
Adam said: “I’ve become involved as I’ve been friends for a long time with Michelle, and basically I’m just giving Ralf a little tuition in playing guitar, as he plays a guitarist in the show.
“I’ve been hired as a musical advisor in the show, and I’ve started having sessions with Ralf so he can practice and prepare for the show.”
Sharon Bridgeman, the manager of Unwined, said: “He was here for a couple of hours on Thursday, he played from around 11pm to after midnight.
“He was lovely, he’s very down to earth and he was great fun to have play with Adam.”
Production for the series will continue in the town, with The Café expected to be broadcast on Sky 1 HD in the autumn.