If you do like to be beside the seaside, pack your sunnies and your sun cream and head to Scarborough!
Scarborough, Friday 6 September, 9.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer
Derren Litten has left sunny Spain and is spotlighting Scarborough. The creator and writer of the award-winning Benidorm leaves the Mediterranean beaches behind for the “sometimes sunny” beach resort in North Yorkshire in his new BBC One comedy series.
“After ten years of Benidorm I really do think Scarborough is going to surprise a few people and in a very good way,” Litten says. But that doesn’t mean he is moving away from some of his favourite themes – you’ll still receive a hefty dose of the seaside, pubs and, of course, karaoke!
The story follows Mike (comedian Jason Manford) and Karen (Catherine Tyldesley, Coronation Street), who are getting back together after five years apart. Mike’s dreams of being a professional entertainer had come between them – he was always out on the road – but now he’s returned to Scarborough to give their relationship another shot.
Cast members joining the fun in the sun include Stephanie Cole (Man Down), Maggie Ollerenshaw (Still Open All Hours), Steve Edge (Phoenix Nights, Benidorm), Claire Sweeney (Brookside), Harriet Webb (White Gold) and Gina Fillingham (Kiri).
Scarborough is the largest seaside town in the North of England and one of the best-loved – after London, it’s the most popular destination for British holidaymakers. And proud Scarborians will be pleased to recognise plenty of the show’s locations: many scenes were filmed around the town, including at Sandside on the seafront, Peasholm Park with its boating lake, the Luna Park funfair and Pacitto’s, which serves incredible ice cream.
The premiere of the first two episodes will be screened at the historic Stephen Joseph Theatre and the BBC received over 10,000 applications for tickets, which were assigned via a raffle. It looks like Scarborough’s community are fully engaging with the show, and we’re sure Litten has done them proud!
Get ready for some Northern soul (and heart) by taking our quiz to test your knowledge of Scarborough and Benidorm. The two have much more in common than you might think – so can you tell the difference?…
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Image credit: Scarborough © BBC – Photographer: Kieron McCarron