Monday, 14 February 2011

The Sugartown effect

Watching Tom Ellis being himself was just the start of my  Sugartown Day.
I camped on the bed in the bedroom for the whole morning looking out of the window, pausing only to go down stairs and put a few logs on the woodburner, and make mugs of tea. Sadie and her daughter were doing the same across the road, and many  other neighbours enjoyed a really chilled out time. The Town hall was' buzzing'. The road was filled with yellow cones, camera tracks, lighting rigs and  crew, actors and bystanders and cigarette butts. 

A pink car arrived, a Black van decorated for its own role arrived. High visibility jackets bobbed around, ran around and shouted 'Quiet everybody'. In a surreal moment Inspector Japp arrived on a bicycle looking a parody of a Mayor, except in all bittersweet correctness there was a certain truth in the comedy effect. I watched technicians doing what they were trained for  and actors working in an unglamorous place in drizzle, and although the sea was only a minutes view away  the derelict and bepigeoned haven that was and is The Crown loomed and enjoyed its own ring side seat. 

I have looked up the names of the actors, familiar faces many of them, and I hope they have enjoyed their time in this little outpost. I have learned a thing or two. Never will I moan that students of 'Media Studies' or citizens of Thespia are less than accomplished and worthwhile in their chosen Career Paths. Just one half day of looking from a window at them has made me realise that. The pleasure that Miranda and Outnumbered, Shameless and The Royle Family have given me has been so good for my wellbeing and  health, and I look forward to a laugh in the autumn when Sugartown is aired. 
We have had hundreds of hits on this site since we first mentioned the excitement the filming has brought to this 'gem of a town'. So thanks for that . Au Revior all of you. We hope you do well, and that you get a run and a second run......

and after the winds of the North East Coast

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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