Chance to have sneak preview of sit-com based in Burnley

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Comedy fans have the chance to take a sneak peek at a new TV sitcom filmed and set here in Burnley and starring a homegrown star.

“Wake Up England”, starring Briercliffe funny girl Mel Moon, will be unveiled at 7 p.m. on Thursday October 27th, at Burnley’s Apollo Cinema.

The “test screening” will give a select audience the chance to air their views on the 25-minute pilot show, before it is broadcast to the nation later.

Mel, of Briercliffe, who co wrote the show with fellow stand-up Dave Candy: “A test screening is vital for any new production and is the only sure-fire way to know we are getting it right.”

“Wake Up England” (The Day Morning Was Broken) tells the story of scandal-hit daytime presenters David and Dannyella Joy 10 years after they were booted off the morning sofa. The hapless husband and wife team, played by James Redmond of “Casualty” and “Hollyoaks” fame and stand-up star Mel, are tracked down by a TV documentary maker, played by comedian Jason Manford, a decade after opening a small bed and breakfast in Burnley.

The show, directed by Barrowford filmmaker Stephen Rigg, also features actors Ewen McIntosh, who played Big Keith in “The Office,” Philip Barantini of “Band of Brothers” and a host of local performers including 13-year-old Jack Cooke and Mel’s partner Kris Scholes. The show, sponsored by Rossendale firm Euroshel, will run for 25 minutes and there will be questions and answers afterwards.

Mel added: “Questions and answers are done with most of the cast and crew saying a few words about how things were done.

“For me the important thing is we listen to you, the viewers. It’s your sitcom, and if there are things you don’t like we want to know. We are issuing tickets on a first-come-first-served basis – so please act fast!”

For your chance to grab a seat at the screening contact: with your name, contact details, age and favourite sitcoms.