And cut. Sitcom pilot is filmed in a Chippenham barber shop
5:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Latest News
A Chippenham barbershop was transformed into a film set at the weekend.
Scriptwriter Neil Parsons, 41, of Pewsham, was shooting in Gary Hatto’s, after spending the past 18 months writing a sitcom called The Wolds with fellow writer Gary Wronecki.
Mr Parsons, who worked as an operations director for 20th Century Fox film studios for 12 years, is hoping the pilot will be snapped up by a US TV studio after it was filmed in Lower Wanborough, Swindon, on Saturday and Chippenham’s High Street on Sunday.
The Wolds, short for Cotswolds, is set in a fictional village and features various typical village characters including the vicar, members of the local police constabulary, midwives and a hairdresser.
Mr Parsons, who attended Sheldon School in the 1980s, said: “I chose Gary’s as the hairdressers because I’ve lived in Chippenham all my life and had my hair cut there since he was in Lowden.”
The title sequence features a police car driving between Mauds Heath and Langley Burrell.
Mr Parsons sold his marketing company, Sure Connections, to concentrate on writing, after meeting his co-writer through Facebook.
He said: “We have looked at every comedy we enjoyed since the 1970s and asked ourselves, ‘What worked for them?’ “We have rewritten the script about 20 times. It’s aimed at the 16 to 45 age group and would suit people who enjoyed Little Britain, The Inbetweeners, The League of Gentleman and The Fast Show.
“We have a singing nun appearing at the end of every episode and some of the characters change roles each week.”
Actors in the project include Mark Kempner, who appeared in The World’s End with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and Tim Faraday from The Inbetweeners.
Also among the cast are Mr Parson’s two daughters – Arabella, 10, and Daisy-Mae, seven – who go to Kings Lodge Primary School and have already modelled for Visit Britain and Barbie.
It was shot by London company Magnificent Films.
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