Chart-topping singer Pixie Lott has joined the cast of BBC1’s Sixties drama series Inspector George Gently. The 22-year-old will appear in the second feature-length film in the sixth series of the show which stars Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby as Gently and his sidekick Detective Sergeant John Bacchus.
Series producer Matthew Bird has described the process behind the casting of the Mama Do and All About Tonight singer: “We were casting the second film of the new series of Inspector George Gently and were looking for someone to play Megan, an entertainer at the Blue Bird Holiday Camp in 1969.”
During his search for an actress who could also sing and dance, Bird saw Lott acting alongside Rowan Atkinson in a performance of Goodness Gracious Me, filmed for the NHS Organ Donation ‘From The Heart’ campaign.
“It was a brilliant remake of the classic Sixties song performed by Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers – and that was it! Pixie was very excited about joining the cast – we know she will bring something very special to the role.”
Following the announcement of her new role, Lott added, “I love the fact that Inspector George Gently is a period drama set in the Sixties and I can’t wait to play the role of Megan. It will be great to be filming in the North East, and getting to play a role that gives me a real feel for the period.
Filming will take place on location in Durham and the surrounding area, with Lott’s second film focusing on a family holiday camp where Gently and Bacchus are sent to investigate after a body of one of the entertainers is washed up nearby. The staff and holidaymakers under suspicion include everyone from the camp’s flamboyant owner and his sister to the chalet girls, performers, lifeguards and guests as the duo sift through the “dark underbelly of the perfmissive society”.