A NEW TV sitcom based from a cafe on Weston-super-Mare seafront, is to be aired on Sky 1 this month. The sitcom, called The Cafe, is set in and around a seafront cafe which is a social hub of the seaside resort, seeing all walks of life pass through.
Royal Family actors Ralf Little and Craig Cash have collaborated on the new sitcom along with former Westonian comedian and Olivier Award winner Michelle Terry.
All three play leading roles for the show which sees its first episodes screened on Sky 1 on November 23 and then weekly until December 21.
Much of the location filming for the new show took place on Weston seafront near to Knightstone Island and the specially constructed cafe set was in place for six weeks.
Michelle plays the cafe co-owner Sarah and Ralf plays Richard her former boyfriend who tries to rekindle his romance with his childhood sweetheart.
Cash will direct the six-part series as well as act as executive producer.
The Cafe follows the story of generational trilogy Mary (June Watson) Carole (Ellie Haddington) and Sarah (Michelle Terry).
Sarah is in her late 20s and has recently returned home from London as she attempts to pursue a writing career.
Many of her old school adversaries still live in the area and are frequent visitors to The Cafe.
Richard is a care home assistant by day and a musician by night whose feathers are ruffled when fellow classmate and former love rival John (Daniel Ings), now a successful events manager in London, returns to Weston to visit his elderly mother.
Chloe (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) is Sarah’s oldest friend who works in the local hairdresser and always looks on the bright side of life.
Her father Stan (David Troughton) is a frequent visitor to the cafe due in the most part to his fondness for Carol.
Carol, however, has more pressing matters on her mind as Brenda Keily (Seeta Indrani), a successful entrepreneur threatens to take her family business away.
Also resident in Weston-super-Mare are Ava (Carolin Stoltz), the Polish receptionist at the hairdressers, and the Dobsons, regular customers at the cafe played by Brian Murphy and Marcia Warren.
Other regulars who drop by include Big Issue Frank (Jack Roth) and Weston’s very own living statue, Keiran (Kevin Trainor).
Filming of the new sitcom took place over six weeks during the summer – pumping tens of thousands into the local economy.
The seaside resort is proving popular as a film location and as well as The Cafe, BBC1 drama series Inside Men and Public Enemies together with Channel 5’s Paul Merton’s Escapes and ITV This Morning have all filmed in Weston.
North Somerset Council executive member for tourism, Councillor Felicity Baker, said: “All this helps promote Weston as a tourist destination and is one way we are working to make sure that people from far and wide are aware of what the area has to offer.”