Panto!

Panto!
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

John Bishop wrote and stars in this comedy drama, inspired by his own experiences on the pantomime circuit. He plays Lewis Loud, a Morecambe FM DJ making his stage debut as Jack the Lad in a run of Dick Whittington in Lancaster.

The production is in chaos because Lewis is romantically involved with Tamsin, a soap actress who’s playing principal boy Dick (Mrs Biggs’ and Gavin & Stacey’s Sheridan Smith). Not only that, but old ham Johnny Darby (Michael Cochrane) is a very reluctant pantomime Dame and The One and Only 90s chart star Chesney Hawkes is a walking disaster.


About this programme

The pantomime world comes under the spotlight in this festive comedy drama co-written by and starring stand-up star John Bishop. The funnyman plays Lewis Loud, a DJ for Morecambe FM, who is about to make his stage debut as Jack the Lad in Dick Whittington, alongside token soap star Tamsin (Sheridan Smith), who he has fallen for during rehearsals. But when Lewis's ex-wife delivers his son to the stage door, he realises he must take his fatherly duties very seriously - which is easier said than done when you're surrounded by chaos and ego, in the shape of veteran actor Johnny, ambitious actress-producer Di and accident-prone 1990s chart star Chesney Hawkes, keen to prove there is more to him than The One and Only. Co-starring Samantha Spiro, Mark Benton, Kaye Wragg, Michael Cochrane and Ami Metcalf. Co-scripted by Jonathan Harvey (Coronation Street, Gimme Gimme Gimme).

Cast and crew

Cast

Lewis Loud
John Bishop
Tamsin
Sheridan Smith
Di
Samantha Spiro
Himself
Chesney Hawkes
Jerry
Kenneth Cranham
Francis
Mark Benton
Johnny
Michael Cochrane
Chantelle
Ami Metcalf
Paul
Daniel Bishop
Greg
Dean Whatton
Finlay
John Macmillan
Gina
Kaye Wragg
Tony
Trevor Dwyer-Lynch
Deborah
Lisa Jackson

Crew

Director
Christine Gernon
Executive Producer
John Bishop
Executive Producer
Lisa Thomas
Executive Producer
Lindsay Hughes
Executive Producer
Henry Normal
Producer
John Rushton
Writer
John Bishop
Writer
Jonathan Harvey
Categories
Drama