Sky TV show gives local economy a boost

Sky TV ShowA new television sitcom based in Weston-super-Mare is about to be aired and has already brought an economic benefit to the area according to a high-profile councillor.

The show, called The Cafe is set  in the town and the first two episodes are due to be screened on Sky1 on Wednesday November 23, and then weekly until December 21.

Cllr Felicity Baker, North Somerset Council’s executive member whose portfolio includes tourism, said that even before the screening there has been an economic benefit to the area.

“Filming took place over a six-week period and generated interest in itself. The actors and crew stayed locally, some equipment was hired from local firms and the caterers bought food in the town. We believe they pumped over £70,000 into the local economy and that’s before we get the benefits that seeing the show on tv should bring.”

Much of the location filming took place on Weston’s seafront near to Knightstone Island and the cafe set was in place during those six weeks.

“We are seen as a film-friendly location and our officers work really hard to accommodate the film makers’ requests. As well as The Cafe two BBC1 drama series Inside Men and Public Enemies, together with Channel 5 Paul Merton’s Escapes and ITV This Morning, have all filmed in the area this year. And don’t forget that 2011 saw the biggest ‘T4 on the beach’ with 50,000 people coming to the event.

“All this helps promote Weston and indeed North Somerset as a tourist destination and is just one way we are working to make sure that people from far and wide are aware of what the area has to offer,” added Cllr Baker.

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