Marsden has proved itself popular with TV producers over the years, with crews pitching up from Where The Heart Is, The League of Gentlemen and In The Flesh.

And a new E4 series featuring village haunt Mozzarellas Pizzeria & Wine Bar is due to begin on Thursday.

Called Banana, it’s being written by Russell T Davies who wrote the wildly popular Queer as Folk series, famed for its sparkling wit and honesty.

The restaurant closed for a day last July to allow scenes for the new drama to be filmed.

Banana is part of a trio of interlinked shows written by Davies for Channel 4, E4 and online.

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Cucumber, to be shown on Channel 4, and Banana are two original drama series exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life, while Tofu is an online documentary series that explores all facets of contemporary sex culture.

A series of eight witty, charming and unique stand-alone stories, Banana covers 50 shades of gay and beyond – offering an intriguing and often outrageous peek into the individual lives, loves and losses of a range of characters.

Young lesbian Scotty pursues an unrequited love; 19-year-old Dean has mysterious family secrets and a sexually charged liaison with the enigmatic Geordie Man; Sian struggles to choose between lover Violet and her over-protective mum Vanessa and then there’s Helen who is besieged by unwanted attention from an ex.

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The series features exciting up and coming talent including Hannah John-Kamen (Happy Valley), Letitia Wright (Top Boy), Georgia Henshaw (Waterloo Road), Andrew Hayden-Smith (Doctor Who) and comedian Bethany Black in her television debut.

They are joined by Channel 4 series Cucumber regulars Freddie Fox (Parade’s End) and Fisayo Akinade (Fresh Meat).

Russell said: “The joy of Banana is in the beautiful, charming, witty and sometimes heart breaking stories of a wide variety of characters, be they gay, lesbian, transgender or anything inbetween.

“The fact we have a bunch of brilliant and wildly talented young people in it, and making it, will give it even more bite and an exciting edge.”

Banana premieres on E4 on Thursday at 10pm.

PLUS: Catch Holmfirth star Jessica Gunning in Sky Atlantic's new drama Fortitude, which debuts on Thursday at 9pm with a feature-legnth episode. Click here to watch the trailer and find out more.