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Double Top perfect spot for TV show stunt scene

July 20, 2013


THE final scenes of a new TV drama set in Nottingham have been shot.

Film crews captured the last bits of footage needed for Truckers - a five-part series penned by Notts screenwriter Billy Ivory.

The cast and production team spent two days filming at The Double Top pub in Chilwell earlier this week.

Producers revealed that the pub, in Bramcote Lane, was used for stunt scenes that will feature in the final episode.

Landlady Sharon Raynor had to close the pub on Monday and Tuesday while the filming took place.

She said: I'm not sure how this came about. They popped in a while ago, looked around and asked if I would be interested in letting them film. Then last Thursday and Friday they came back in, before they did the filming this week. I had to be there from 7am and it went on until 8pm both days.

There were a lot of people here - I would say at least 35 of them.

Mrs Raynor, 44, said she was none the wiser as to what had been filmed in her pub.

There was a big spotlight outside the front of the pub, but I wasn't allowed inside while they were filming, she said.

I just sat in the back garden while it was going on. They haven't told me much about what they filmed, just that it's a five-part series called Truckers. The comedy drama has been filmed across Nottingham over recent weeks.

It tells the story of a small family-run haulage firm with just six drivers, and features Ballykissangel and Brassed Off star Stephen Tompkinson in the lead role.

The series is planned to be broadcast on BBC1 in the autumn.

Mrs Raynor became landlady at The Double Top around two years ago. Before that she had been in charge at the Little Acorn in Ilkeston for a year.

She said it was quite a coup for her pub to be featured in the BBC drama.

It is great we were picked. It's quite a traditional pub so they must've liked it, she said.

I've had quite a few people in since asking what had been happening. I hope that people will now come in and have a look, but we'll have to wait and see. It'll be a nice bit of free advertising for us.

The production company behind Truckers confirmed this had been the last week of filming and that all the lead cast were present.

Producer Faye Dorn said: This week we have been filming at the Double Top pub, which gave us the perfect location for a crucial stunt scene that unfolds in the final episode. We can't wait for local residents to see their hometown immortalised on TV later this year. Everyone has been so welcoming and Nottingham has provided so many fantastic locations. City scenes feature in show LOCATIONS across Nottingham will be featured in Truckers.

The vegetarian restaurant Aubergine, in Hockley, was transformed into 'La Cantina Tapas Bar' for the show.

Residents in Frederick Avenue, Carlton, will see their street featured in drama and due to the haulage-theme, a lot of scenes were filmed on Nottingham's inner ring road. Footage also captured in Cossall, Stoney Street, Stonebridge City Farm in St Ann's, at Wollaton Park, and in Eastwood. The most dramatic scenes, however, were filmed in the Old Market Square last month when a Vauxhall Corsa careered down Queen Street and came to rest by the Left Lion statue outside the Council House.

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