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Filming boost for Sutton High Street - 13.07.09

A new TV comedy with a script edited by Ricky Gervais is being filmed in Sutton High Street this week.

Sutton Council has hailed the shoot as an example of the growing success of its filming office in attracting location managers to the borough. It's also a timely boost for the High Street as businesses are paid when their premises are used for filming and the production crew also spends a significant amount of money in nearby shops.

The show is a pilot for a new Channel 4 comedy season and is set in a fictitious mobile phone store. It was written, produced and directed by Phil Bowker, whose credits include, Sharon Horgan's Pulling and Sean Lock's 15 Storeys High. The script was edited by Gervais, creator and star of The Office and Extras.

The former Sussex Stationers book shop has been transformed into the set and additional filming will take place in the Ivory Lounge.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, said:

"This is great news for the High Street with local businesses getting income to use their premises for filming.

"Nearby businesses also benefit with studies showing that for every pound spent on filming, production crews spend an additional £2.50 in the local area, for example of food and drinks for the crew.

"We are fast making Sutton one of the most film friendly boroughs in London and will continue working hard to attract production companies and boost the local economy."

Last updated: Monday, 13 July 2009

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