New sitcom set in Suffolk village

A SITCOM penned by the daughter of comedy writing legend David Croft is being filmed in a Suffolk village.Set in Ixworth, Zip and Hollow follows the lives of five friends, who come together once a week at a local Pilates class.

A SITCOM penned by the daughter of comedy writing legend David Croft is being filmed in a Suffolk village.

Set in Ixworth, Zip and Hollow follows the lives of five friends, who come together once a week at a local Pilates class.

Written by Penny Croft - whose father, David, is responsible for penning the hugely successful Dad's Army - the pilot for the series is currently being filmed on location in the village, where crews will stay until Friday.

Ms Croft, who loves in Norton said: “It is centred around a group of people who live in a Suffolk village and have known each other all their lives.


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“It is about the little things that happen that everyone can relate to. It is real life, survival.”

As well as Ixworth Village hall, cast and crew for the show have ventured into the village pub, and even the café, to film scenes for the pilot episode.

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The sitcom, which is named after a Pilates move, stars Liza Goddard, Helen Atkinson-Wood, Jimmy Yuill, Richard Stacey and Des Barrett, of History Boys fame.

Welshman Mr Barrett, who has been practising his Suffolk accent, said: “I have really got a good feeling about this sitcom, and I think it is going to be good.

“I had to learn some Pilates moves, which was a first at 62 years old, and it is not as easy as it looks.

“The show's characters appear very normal, but there are lots of twists and unexpected turns and it is not as straight forward as you might think.”

The series is being made by independent television company World Wide Theatrix, which is owned by David Croft.

The show is the latest in a string of productions filmed in west Suffolk which has recently included filming of Here Comes the Queen at The Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds, starring Wendy Richards.

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