Vegas tunes into radio comedy

Vegas tunes into radio comedy

Comic Johnny Vegas is to head the cast of a new Radio 4 comedy series – about the joys of living in a shed.

The funnyman made the four-part series Shedtown – about a community living in sheds on a beach – with his own production company, Woolyback.

The programmes, which also star Suranne Jones and Ronni Ancona, were recorded outdoors on location on the north Yorkshire coast at Robin Hood’s Bay.

Vegas has also enlisted former chart star Paul Heaton, who has had hits with Beautiful South and The Housemartins, to create the music for the series.

Vegas stars as Colin, the boss of an industrial museum who is trying to make sense of the world by turning to his shed.

He said: “The series has a dreamlike quality and we captured that partially in choosing to record on location in one of the finest seaside towns in North Yorkshire. The locals gave us access to their sheds, provided buckets and spades and just made us feel extremely welcome.”

Producer Sally Harrison said: “It’s unusual to have so many well-known actors in one radio production – it was a bit of a labour of love.”

Acclaimed actress Maxine Peake also features as the narrator of the series which begins on Radio 4 tomorrow at 11pm.

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