Pixie Lott joins the classic Sixties drama series Inspector George Gently next month when they start filming their second feature-length film on location in Northumberland for BBC One.
Inspector George Gently’s producer Matthew Bird says: “We were casting the second film of the new series of Inspector George Gently and were looking for someone to play Megan, an entertainer at the Blue Bird Holiday Camp in 1969. We were looking for an actress that could act, sing and dance and then I saw Pixie acting so brilliantly with Rowan Atkinson in their performance of Goodness Gracious Me (filmed for the NHS Organ Donation ‘From The Heart’ campaign). It was a brilliant remake of the classic Sixties song performed by Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers – and that was it! Pixie was very excited about joining the cast and we are delighted that Pixie is to make her TV acting debut in Inspector George Gently – we know she will bring something very special to the role.”
Pixie Lott says: “I love the fact that Inspector George Gently is a period drama set in the Sixties and I can’t wait to play the role of Megan. It will be great to be filming in the North East, and getting to play a role that gives me a real feel for the period.”
Inspector George Gently has become an audience winner and is renowned as a series that lovingly recreates the Sixties in perfect, nostalgic detail – starring Martin Shaw as Gently and Lee Ingleby as his sergeant Bacchus, they make the perfect police partnership, full of warmth, humour and attack.
The second film, written by Jess Williams, takes Gently and Bacchus to a family holiday camp to investigate staff and holidaymakers, when the body of one of the entertainers is washed up nearby. The colourful inmates of the holiday camp, from the flamboyant owner and his sister, to the chalet girls, performers, lifeguards and guests, throw the investigation sideways as Gently and Bacchus uncover a story of jealousy, ambition and the dark underbelly of the permissive society.
Inspector George Gently VII is filmed on location in Durham and the North East.