BBC Christmas comedy Lapland begins shooting

The Royle Family’s Sue Johnston heads the cast in a tale about a chaotic family holiday


It may only be October but the BBC is beginning to release details of its seasonal schedule, announcing today that filming has begun on Lapland, which it describes as ”a big heart-warming comedy” for Christmas.


Lapland follows the Yuletide-obsessed Lewis family from Birkenhead as they head off on holiday for a special celebration in the home of Santa Claus, complete with snow, huskies, reindeer and hopefully a glimpse of the Northern Lights. 

But – as is so often the case in comedy, if not in life – they get more than they bargained for.

The Royle Family’s Sue Johnston is among an ensemble cast also including This Is England star Stephen Graham, Elizabeth Berrington from Secrets and Lies, Waterloo Road’s William Ash, Julie Graham, last seen in Survivors, Zawe Ashton, currently starring in Fresh Meat, and Benidorm’s Keith Barron.

The 90-minute BBC production was penned by Michael Wynne, most notable as the winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for best new comedy for his stage play The Priory.

Lapland’s producer Rosemary McGowan said “Michael Wynne has skilfully brought to life one ordinary family’s chaotic experience of Christmas in a way that will have people all over the country chuckling in recognition. Funny, warm but also moving.”

Sue Johnston added: “Lapland won’t know what’s hit it when the Lewis family arrive, it’s a hopeful, bittersweet comedy and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

Lapland will be shown this Christmas on BBC1.


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