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Dorking residents appear as extras in BBC drama Mayday

By Leatherhead Advertiser  |  Posted: June 15, 2012

  • Dorking residents were given the chance to appear as extras this week when filming for the BBC drama Mayday began

  • Crews took over Dene Street and Cotmandene to film the first scene of Mayday RSMD12324d Photos by Sam Blackledge

  • The Ewell St Mary's Morris Men starred in the scene RSMD12324c

  • Actors wait to film a scene on Cotmandene RSMD12324k

  • From left, extras Wendy Charman, Penny Mason, Joy Foulston and Elizabeth Shaw RSMd12324f

  • Producer Chris Fry figures out the next shot RSMD12324a

  • Dozens of extras took part in a day of filming in Dorking RSMD12324g

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DOZENS of locals enjoyed a day in the spotlight as film crews took over a Dorking street.

Residents were given the chance to appear as extras in the new BBC drama Mayday.

The crew filmed the show's opening sequence, closing Dene Street and transforming it into the scene of a May Day parade.

An old-fashioned carousel was placed on Cotmandene, with nearby bars, restaurants and houses used as locations.

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Speaking at the shoot on Thursday, producer Chris Fry told the Advertiser: "This is the opening sequence of the show, very early on in episode one.

"We are setting the scene for the show here, really. It is a big day for us, we have got lots of local people and lots of amazing costumes and make-up design.

"It is all going well so far, everything is looking good, everyone has been very friendly and helpful and we are enjoying being in Dorking."

Anneliese Cameron, 45, whose Dene Street house was used as the home of one of the main characters, said: "I saw the advert in the newspaper and I am lucky they decided to use my house.

"It has been great for the town to be involved in this. It was great for my children to be able to see how a TV production gets put together and the number of people that are involved."

The Ewell St Mary's Morris Dancers were involved in the first scene, and devised two new dances for the occasion.

Group member Ted Smith, 60, said: "We are leading the procession to the May Fair.

"We have done things like this before, we were in the Wimbledon Poisoner (a 1994 TV drama) and last year we did a Pimm's advert.

"We like to be a bit creative, so we have come up with some dances of our own.

"There is a bit of hanging around involved but it's all good fun and it's nice to keep it local."

Wendy Charman, who appeared as an extra alongside her Dorking Ranmore WI colleagues, said: "It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We are not likely to get another chance to do something like this."

Filming will continue until the end of July, and the six-part series will be screened on BBC One in the autumn.

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