THE Royle Family’s Craig Cash was spotted in Lymm on Tuesday when a camera crew were in the village to film a new Sky comedy.
He is recording scenes along the canal, outside the village hall, in Pepper Street and at the Bull's Head pub for new show After Hours over the next couple of weeks.
The Jellylegs Productions crew have also used a high tech eight-bladed helicopter called an ‘octocopter’ for filming on the canal footpath.
After Hours will star Father Ted’s Ardal O’Hanlon, Cold Feet’s John Thomson and Mad Dogs’ Jaime Winstone.
The six-part series follows Willow Hannigan (James Tarpey from The World’s End), an 18-year-old who has just had his heart broken.
His ex-girlfriend Jasmine (Ice Cream Girls’ Georgina Campbell) has moved on to someone new, his mates have gone away to university and there are no jobs.
So the only thing that keeps him sane is listening to After Hours, a radio show broadcast from a canal boat.
Jaime Winstone and Rob Kendrick play radio hosts Lauren and Ollie while Ardal O’Hanlon stars as Peter, Willow’s dad and an out-of-work milkman.
John Thomson takes the buddy role as Peter’s best friend, Geoff.
Ian Marks, chairman of Lymm Festival, said: "We are delighted that Jellylegs and Sky have chosen Lymm as their location for the series.
“It has created quite a buzz in the village with so much activity going on. We are all looking forward to seeing the final result."
Newcomers Molly Naylor and John Osborne have written After Hours with Craig Cash in the director’s chair.
Craig added: “John and Molly have created a world which is not only very funny but has genuine warmth at its heart.
“It's a pleasure to be working with such talented new writers and a cast of great comic actors.”