Ozzie Yue: Lapland

Date - 1 November, 2012, All News Television
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Ozzie Yue films the BBC comedy series Lapland, a heartwarming comedy starring Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Coronation Street) which follows the lives of the Lewis family from Birkenhead, Merseyside.

The series follows the success of the 90-minute special of the same name that aired to an audience of over six million during Christmas 2011. The six 30-minute episodes are made by BBC In-House Comedy and filmed in Salford, Manchester, Liverpool and Birkenhead. The series is once again penned by Michael Wynne (Olivier Award winner, Best New Comedy 2010 for The Priory, BAFTA winner, Alexander Korda award for Best British Film 2005 for My Summer Of Love) and produced by Rosemary McGowan (Jonathan Creek). Lapland has been commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One and Cheryl Taylor, former Controller of Comedy Commissioning. The director is Simon Delaney and the executive producer is Pete Thornton for the BBC.

Sue Johnston plays Eileen Lewis, the recently widowed matriarch of the chaotic Lewis clan, a large, close-knit and dysfunctional Northern family. The trip to Lapland that took place in the Christmas Special changed Eileen’s outlook on life and left her determined to live life to the full rather than ‘sitting in the corner dressed in black’. But life back in Birkenhead is a little less inspiring than the spectacular vistas and Northern lights of Lapland. The series centres on Eileen’s continued struggle to find her own peace and joy in life after Ted, as often confounded by her hilariously self-centred children and loveable but trying grandchildren. Lapland features three households and three generations, Eileen, her son and daughter-in-law Pete (Dean Andrews, Marchlands, Life On Mars) and Mandy (Julie Graham, Survivors), daughter and son-in-law Paula (Elizabeth Berrington, In Bruges, Stella) and Ray (William Ash, Shameless, Waterloo Road) and both couples’ respective children Ethan & Melissa and Jack & Liam.

Overview

Ozzie Yue is a prolific English actor of Chinese heritage. He is perhaps best known for his television roles in All Quiet on the Preston Front, Father Ted and Harry. Other recent television work includes Doctor Who, Stella, Great Night Out, Rab C Nesbitt, White Van Man, Silent Witness, Come Fly With Me and Katy Brand Big Ass Show.

Ozzie has also appeared in numerous films including All in Good Time, Act of Grace, Syriana, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Chromophobia, Croupier and Nuns on the Run.

Ozzie Yue played guitar for The Hideaways in The Merseybeat era, and played The Cavern more times than The Beatles. Today he can still be seen playing across the country in his band Yue Hoo.

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