Twins sparkle in Bishop’s TV panto

Katie (left) and Emma Sutcliffe.
Katie (left) and Emma Sutcliffe.
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Comedy star John Bishop had a little extra help from locals while shooting his Christmas TV show in Lancaster.

The audience for ‘Panto’, filmed last month at the Grand Theatre and aired on ITV on December 27, was made up of volunteers from the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe became TV stars for the night, appearing on camera during the pantomime scenes.

Katie and Emma, who have a form of cerebral palsy, have been raising money hoping to fund a life-changing operation to help them walk again.

Also appearing in the Grand audience as extras were former Lancaster and Morecambe Newspapers staff Cath Worrall and Debs Stuchbury.

Cath and Debs were there as guests of Cath’s sister Christine Gernon, director of ‘Panto’.

Christine, from Warrington, also directed all three series of the BAFTA award winning comedy series, Gavin & Stacey.

Students on the ‘Path to Work’ course at Lancaster and Morecambe College who were taking part in work experience at the Grand also appeared as extras.

Darren Milby, Bay radio presenter and Visitor columnist, also briefly appeared during scenes filmed at The Bay. The Lancaster station was renamed ‘Morecambe FM’, where Bishop’s character Lewis Loud was a DJ.

‘Panto’, a comic look behind-the-scenes at a traditional Christmas pantomime, also starred Sheridan Smith, Mark Burton and Chesney Hawkes.