One of the Colne Valley’s best-known restaurants is to close on Tuesday – to film an anarchic drama series!

Mozzarellas Pizzeria &Wine Bar in Marsden has form for this kind of thing – its sister restaurant The Olive Branch Inn has already been used in the past to film clips for Where the Heart is, says owner Paul Kewley.

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.

Paul said: “Filming will start at 4pm and go on until 2am and I understand it is to air in January. Apologies to customers for any inconvenience”

New E4 series Banana will be Davies’ first work for Channel 4 since Queer as Folk ended more than 10 years ago.

The series will explore “the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life”.

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.

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.”

The Huddersfield and Calderdale area are often mined as useful areas for filming dramas and The Fleece at Ripponden has also been used by renowned cook Mary Berry this week to showcase her work.

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