LIGHTS, camera, action!
Another film crew has descended on Scarborough, confirming the town’s growing reputation with TV and film companies.
This time, ITV were shooting Just Henry, a 90-minute film to be broadcast at Christmas.
Most of the filming is being done in Leeds but the producers transferred to Scarborough for two days to film scenes on and near the seafront.
Locations included West Pier, the south beach next to the lifeboathouse, the lighthouse, the steps next to the Futurist Theatre, the town-hall gardens, the cliff lift, the Parlour Tea Rooms and Cliff Bridge Place.
The activity on the beach was observed by Francis Horn of Merchants Row, who said: “The carpark on West Pier was cordoned off until 11.30pm. It was very clever. It looked like they were trying to create a storm, even though the sea and weather were calm. There was a tower on the pier with floodlights. They had lots of bright lights and a rainmaker and a wind machine.”
The cast is led by rising star Josh Bolt, who has been in Nowhere Boy and The Be All and End All. Josh visited Scarborough with Dean Andrews, who was in Marchlands and Ashes to Ashes; Charlie May-Clark, who was in South Riding; Perry Millward, who has been in Monroe and Christopher and his Kind; and Elaine Cassidy, who was in Harper’s Island, A Room With a View and Felicia’s Journey.
“I don’t believe any locals were used as extras,” says ITV publicity manager Natasha Bayford.
The cast also includes Stephen Campbell Moore, who was in Season of the Witch, Thorne and Ben Hur; Barbara Flynn, who was in Miss Potter, Cracker and Cranford; Bafta-nominated actress Sheila Hancock, who has been in New Tricks, Bedtime and Moving On; John Henshaw, who was in Red Riding, Looking for Eric and Confessions of a Diary Secretary; and Pooky Quesnel, who has been in Scott & Bailey, Five Days and Criminal Justice.
Set in post-war Britain, Just Henry has been adapted from Michelle Magorian’s critically acclaimed novel.
“It has a heart-warming script which follows a boy’s discovery that will change his life, family and friends forever,” says Laura Mackie, ITV1’s director of drama commissioning. “It’s rich in detail from the post-war era and has a very sympathetic and engaging young character at its heart. The film will be a wonderful treat for the Christmas schedule.”