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Panto! is a British festive comedy drama that broadcast on ITV on December 27, 2012. It is co-written by and stars comedian John Bishop.


Lewis Loud (John Bishop), Morecambe FM's cheeky DJ has his stage debut tonight at The Grand Theatre Lancaster, playing Jack the Lad in Dick Whittington.

However, when his son Paul (Daniel Bishop) is delivered to the stage door by his ex-wife Gina (Kaye Wragg), and his girlfriend Tamsin (Sheridan Smith) presents him with an unmissable opportunity, Lewis has to make the biggest decision of his life.


  • Aeroplane by Chesney Hawkes


  • Daniel Bishop (Paul) is the real-life son of John Bishop (Lewis Loud).
  • This marks the second time John Bishop and Sheridan Smith (Tamsin) have starred together in a programme. The first being the third episode of the second series of BBC drama series Accused (which aired earlier in 2012) where they starred as Peter Cartwright and Charlotte, who like Lewis and Tamsin, where in a relationship.
  • The film was inspired by a pantomime (coincidentally Dick Whittington), that starred John Bishop and Chesney Hawkes in 2006. Unlike the film, Bishop portrayed a character named Captain Cutlass.


  • John Bishop as Lewis Loud
  • Sheridan Smith as Tamsin Taylor, Lewis's girlfriend
  • Samantha Spiro as Di Jenkins
  • Daniel Bishop as Paul, Lewis and Gina's son
  • Michael Cochrane as Johnny Darby
  • Chesney Hawkes as Himself
  • Mark Benton as Francis de Winter
  • Ami Metcalf as Chantelle Jenkins, Di's daughter
  • Dean Whatton as Greg Chip
  • Kaye Wragg as Gina, Lewis's ex-wife and Paul's mother
  • Trevor Dwyer-Lynch as Tony, Gina's new partner
  • John MacMillan as Finlay
  • Lisa Jackson as Deborah
  • Kenneth Cranham as Jerry

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