A NEW comedy set in the Lake District and starring Johnny Vegas is to premiere in Penrith.

The red carpet is being rolled out for the premiere at Rheged on Monday, March 26 - and fans have the chance to clinch tickets for the event.

Home from Home, which also stars Emilia Fox, is set on a Cumbrian campsite.

Johnny Vegas is returning to the county to meet fans on the red carpets - just a few miles from where much of the sitcom was shot on location at Pooley Bridge.

Cast and crew of the BBC One comedy took over part of Hillcroft Park at Ullswater in June last year for filming.

Tickets for the premiere on March 26 are available through a ballot, which is available via the BBC Shows and Tours website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/home_from_home_26mar18

The ballot closes on Tuesday, March 20.

In Home From Home, Johnny Vegas stars as Neil Hackett who, alongside wife Fiona (Niky Wardley), has finally achieved a long-cherished dream of buying a lodge in the Lake District.

Their ‘traditional lodge’ at the fictional Lake View Holiday Park means everything to them, the years of scrimping and saving now feel worth it.

That is until they wake up the next morning and meet their neighbours, the effortlessly superior Dillons, outdoorsy Robert (Adam James who starred in Doctor Foster) and glamorous Penny, who is played by Silent Witness star Emilia Fox.

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Susan Calman and musical theatre legend Elaine Paige – who is almost unrecognisable as Neil’s fun-loving mum, Mercy Hackett – also appear in the series.

The premiere event will also feature a question and answer session with Johnny Vegas, Niky Wardley and series producer Rebecca Papworth, hosted by BBC Radio Cumbria’s Mike Zeller.

Johnny said: "The Lake District is my home from home, and I can’t wait to be back there for this special premiere and to meet fans on the red carpet.

"I loved making the series and I hope the audience will have as much fun watching Home From Home as we did making it."

Home From Home is written by Coronation Street writers Chris Fewtrell and Simon Crowther.

The series was commissioned following a successful BBC Two pilot in 2016 as part of the Landmark Sitcom Season.

The ticket ballot will close at midday on Tuesday 20th March. People can apply for a maximum of four tickets. Tickets will be allocated via a random draw.

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