Filming at The Bulls Head in Lymm

Posted by Sarah on Monday, 21 July 2014 at 09:43:13

Filed under: Interview, General

Camera crews, extras and cast members have become part of the village over the last few weeks as the filming of After Hours, directed by Craig Cash, has taken place.

There are many well known faces amongst the cast, including James Tarpey (from the Brit film "World's End"), Ardal O'Hanlon (from Father Ted) and John Thomson, amongst others.

The story line revolves around a young 18 year old Willow Hannigan (Tarpey) who lives with his parents in a northern town called Shankley. He is feeling pretty low as his mates have left him behind to move on to university and his girlfriend has broken his heart by leaving him for someone new. The only thing that keeps him sane is listening to a local internet radio show "After Hours" run from a canal boat.

The program is directed by Craig Cash of Royle Family fame and we were lucky enough to meet Craig last week at the Bulls Head pub where they were filming some of the last scenes of the series.

We spoke to Gloria Kennedy and John Wright, the landlady and landlord of The Bull and asked them how they had become involved in the filming of the series.

Gloria said that filming had been taking place at the pub for four and a half days. The pub will feature in the series as Willow's local and it will still be called The Bull in the series. Gloria herself has a cameo appearance at the bar as one of the locals, so we need to look out for her when the series airs in 2015.

Filming has been taking place during the daytime at The Bull and the pub has been closed until 6pm, although drinks have been available in the beer garden. The production crew had been promising free drinks for anyone from 6pm if filming overran, but if you are hoping for a freebie you are unlucky as filming finished at the Bull last Thursday! Filming will continue around the village for a further week.

We asked Gloria if the production crew and cast had enjoyed working in Lymm and she said they loved it here. Filming has taken place in other locations, and the general comments from all were "We can't wait to go back to Lymm!"

We would like to wish Craig and all the cast and crew of After Hours the best of luck with the pilot series and we hope to see them return to Lymm in the future.

Tags: after hours, craig cash, bulls head

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