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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.

Plot

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 13-year-old 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.

Songs

  • Like A Virgin performed by Chantelle (as Alice)
  • West End Girls performed by Tamsin (as Dick)
  • Nine to Five performed by Johnny (as Dolly the Cook), Tamsin (as Dick) and Lewis (as Jack the Lad)
  • The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes (as Alderman Fitzwarren)
  • London Calling
  • So Macho performed by the Cast
  • Aeroplane by Chesney Hawkes


Cast

  • John Bishop as Lewis Loud, a DJ and the actor who plays Jack the Lad in Dick Whittington.
  • Sheridan Smith as Tamsin Taylor, Lewis's girlfriend and the actress who plays Dick in Dick Whittington.
  • Samantha Spiro as Di Jenkins
  • Daniel Bishop as Paul, Lewis and Gina's 13-year-old son
  • Michael Cochrane as Johnny Darby, a Shakespearean actor and the actor who plays Dolly the Cook in Dick Whittington.
  • Chesney Hawkes as Himself and Alderman Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington.
  • Mark Benton as Francis de Winter
  • Ami Metcalf as Chantelle Jenkins, Di's daughter and the actress who plays Alice in Dick Whittington
  • Dean Whatton as Greg Chip, a dwarf actor who plays Tickles the Cat in Dick Whittington.
  • 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

Trivia

  • 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.
  • At the start of the film, when Gina texts Lewis, her name comes up as Dragon on his phone

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