The League of Gentlemen returns to Northern England for 20th anniversary specials
The cult classic comedy, The League of Gentlemen, will be returning to BBC Two for three special episodes to mark the show’s 20th anniversary. Principal photography for the episodes will occur next month throughout Manchester and the Peak District.
The show's writers explain: “we are thrilled to bits to be returning to Royston Vasey in celebration of our 20 years at the BBC (with time off for bad behaviour). We look forward to digging up the old characters - some of them literally - and seeing how life has treated them. It's been great fun to write these specials, and we've saved money on the make-up budget by kindly growing ancient ourselves. Like the sign says: You'll Never Leave.”
BBC Two Controller, Patrick Holland adds: “The League of Gentlemen are comedy heroes of mine and I am delighted they are returning to BBC Two. Added to brilliant upcoming shows like Motherland, the second series of Mum, and the return of Upstart Crow, Two is the home to the most amazing, original, British comedy.”
Due to preservation efforts to retain areas of natural beauty and iconic British architecture, the North of England is a popular destination for period projects. Local film offices allow for an easy acquisition of permits.
Television productions that spend a minimum of GBP1 million per broadcast hour can receive a 25% tax rebate upon filming in the UK. The High-end TV Tax Relief has allowed the UK to remain one of the most competitive production hubs worldwide, recently hosting projects such as Netflix’s The Crown which boasted a budget of GBP100 million.
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