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Bray-based TV series wins top BAFTA award

Published 06/12/2001 | 00:11

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A CHILDREN'S TV series which is set and is filmed in Bray has swept the boards at a prestigious awards ceremony. 'Custer's Last Stand-Up' a RTE/BBC co-production won 'Best Drama' at the Children's BAFTA awards in London last Sunday.

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Based on an idea by Gail Renard, the show has now been sold to 20 countries worldwide

The eponymous star of the series, 'Jamie Custer' (Gary McMahon) is a 15 year-old stand-up comic who dreams of becoming a star comic like his heroes Ardal O'Hanlon and Steve Martin. Together with his best friend and manager Dallas (Ciaran Nolan), the duo take a wry look at their teenage lives.

Jamie's father , works for the complaints department of the local council while his mother is a pr woman for a local supermarket

Set in Bray and filmed on the Seafront and in Ardmore Studios, the series will start it's second run on New Years Day on RTE.

The show won the award for the first episode of the first series. Script editor for the first series and producer on the second series, Ferdia MacAnna says that setting the series in Bray was a masterstroke for the production.

'We have had a great time in Bray for the last two summers running. This Summer we filmed in Bray straight through from July 2 to September 21. The cast stayed in the Royal Hotel and were well looked after,' he said.

MacAnna adds that it has been a fairly intense but fun experience filming in Bray for the last two summers.

'We would be on set filming from Monday to Friday straight through. We filmed the interiors in the first series in RTE but moved to Ardmore for the second series which starts on New Years Day on RTE.,' he added.

Filmed exclusively in Bray and North Wicklow, the first series has been sold to 20 countries world-wide and has become a hit with parents too, not just kids.

'Originally the show was aimed at the 10-15 year old age group but we have found that families are sitting down to watch the re-runs over the weekend,'Mac Anna added.

Part of the appeal must be the rich array of characters in the series including Jamie's sister Roxy and his father who during the second series will transform from a Beatles fan with a Ringo Starr hair cut to an ABBA fan with a Bjorn-like super mullet.

With people in 20 countries watching 'Custers Last Stand Up,' one could argue that the series is probably the best free advertising that the town has received in a long time and long may it continue.

Brendan Grehan Reporter A CHILDREN'S TV series which is set and is filmed in Bray has swept the boards at a prestigious awards ceremony. 'Custer's Last Stand-Up' a RTE/BBC co-production won 'Best Drama' at the Children's BAFTA awards in London last Sunday. Based on an idea by Gail Renard, the show has now been sold to 20 countries worldwide The eponymous star of the series, 'Jamie Custer' (Gary McMahon) is a 15 year-old stand-up comic who dreams of becoming a star comic like his heroes Ardal O'Hanlon and Steve Martin. Together with his best friend and manager Dallas (Ciaran Nolan), the duo take a wry look at their teenage lives. Jamie's father , works for the complaints department of the local council while his mother is a pr woman for a local supermarket Set in Bray and filmed on the Seafront and in Ardmore Studios, the series will start it's second run on New Years Day on RTE. The show won the award for the first episode of the first series. Script editor for the first series and producer on the second series, Ferdia MacAnna says that setting the series in Bray was a masterstroke for the production. 'We have had a great time in Bray for the last two summers running. This Summer we filmed in Bray straight through from July 2 to September 21. The cast stayed in the Royal Hotel and were well looked after,' he said. MacAnna, whose own father Thomas has made his home in Bray adds that it has been a fairly intense but fun experience filming in the town. 'We would be on set filming from Monday to Friday straight through. We filmed the interiors in the first series in RTE but moved to Ardmore for the second series ,' he added. Filmed exclusively in Bray and North Wicklow, the first series has been sold to 20 countries world-wide and has become a hit with parents too, not just kids. 'Originally the show was aimed at the 10-15 year old age group but we have found that families are sitting down to watch the re-runs over the weekend,'Mac Anna added.

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