BBC filming at John Bull

John Bull Rock'Members of the work force used as extras in the Drama Sugar Town filmed at the factory.'PA1107-6'Liz Berriman, Barbara Tate, Sue Robbins, Charles Eadie, Penny Mowgarth,Carol Thirkell

John Bull Rock'Members of the work force used as extras in the Drama Sugar Town filmed at the factory.'PA1107-6'Liz Berriman, Barbara Tate, Sue Robbins, Charles Eadie, Penny Mowgarth,Carol Thirkell

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A BRIDLINGTON rock factory will star on prime-time television as filming for a new BBC drama is underway at John Bull Rock, Carnaby.

The factory, which already produces goods for the mock sweet company in the ITV soap Emmerdale, is now being used as a set for a BBC pilot series Sugartown, starring Sue Johnston, Shaun Dooley and Tom Ellis of Eastenders fame.

The three-part comedy drama series revolves around a small seaside hamlet in the north of England which once enjoyed a heyday as the ‘stick-of-rock capital of Britain’.

For the programme, John Bull Rock becomes the fictional Burr’s rock factory and filming has been taking place over the last fortnight, with some staff members posing as extras in the programme and even travelling up to Scarborough and Filey to take part in filming scenes there.

Factory owner James Hodgson, who has worked at John Bull for the last 17-years, said that he was delighted it was picked as a prime filming location.

He said: “It is obviously a good thing to be a part of.

“It is good for the town and good for the area to be part of a prime-time show on BBC One that could end up being watched by millions of people.

“The staff are loving it because about eight of them are extras, so it has been really good for them to play at being television stars!”

The majority of filming has been taking place at Filey and Scarborough since January 10, but the crew needed to film scenes at an actual working sweet factory, which is where John Bull came in.

Sugartown has been created and written by Jodi Reynolds and Sally Dexter and the BBC’s Commissioning Head of Comedy, Cheryl Taylor said: “Jodi and Sally have created a loveable and unique seaside comedy which portrays the North East coastal community in an engaging and colourful way.”

It is directed by Christine Gernon who has worked on Gavin And Stacey, and produced by Susie Liggat who has worked on Doctor Who and its executive producer, Kate Croft, said: “Sugartown is a passion piece, combining wry humour with escapism, in the form of fantastical colourful dance sequences.

“We are so excited about Chris Gernon, Susie Liggat and the talented team who have joined us to bring the show to life.

“Sugartown is about a community of people who still care for each other – Filey in January may not be tropical, but the show has a very warm heart!”

Filming on the series is due to finish this Sunday, February 20, and the programme is likely to hit our screens in September this year.