Liverpudlian funnyman John Bishop is set to star in his self-written series about the world of pantomime. The star will appear alongside Sheridan Smith in the ITV 1 film Panto!.
The festive run will also feature one-hit wonder Chesney Hawkes.
He created the new production - which looks behind the scenes in pantoland - with Coronation Street and Gimme Gimme Gimme writer Jonathan Harvey.
John is to play a cheeky local DJ, Lewis Loud, from Morecambe FM making his panto debut in the Grand Theatre Lancaster's seasonal show Dick Whittington. During rehearsals he falls for TV celebrity Tamsin, played by Sheridan, who is better known for her screen soap role as "Mad Mindy The Axe Murderer".
John said: "In 2006 I left my job. That Christmas I appeared in a local panto. It was there I fell in love with that world and came up with the idea of a comedy drama, which has now evolved into Panto!
"To be making this six years later for ITV1 is really very exciting. The script I've written with Jonathan Harvey is something I'm immensely proud of, and the cast are all brilliant - and we've even got Chesney Hawkes. What more could anyone wish for this Christmas."
As well as being a much-loved comedian, John Bishop recently cycled, rowed and ran from Paris to London over five consecutive days for Sports Relief.
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