Long Stratton pub set to star in television documentary

It is a traditional 'spit and sawdust' pub that has been at the heart of a Norfolk village for centuries.

Now the landlords and regulars of a community pub are bracing themselves for television stardom after being picked to feature in a new fly-on-the-wall documentary.

Cameras will start filming at the 17th century Queens Head at Long Stratton on Friday and will be shooting for the next three months for a new television series that aims to capture life behind the scenes of a typical local and the stories of its patrons.

Landlords Joe and Carole Taylor, who have been tenants of the Adnams-owned establishment for the last nine years, agreed to let the cameras in after being asked by local film maker Nik Coleman, who runs a production company at nearby Forncett.

Mr Coleman said he had visited more than 40 pubs in the region to find a host for the pub documentary when he realised that the perfect candidate was on his doorstep.

'They are great people and really get involved in the community. It is the simplest pub model. They do not do food, but will allow you to eat your kebab in there,' he said.

The programme, which has yet to have been bought by a television channel, will begin shooting on Friday night with two cameramen and four fixed cameras.

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Producers hope the show will become a hit like other similar style documentaries including The Family, One Born Every Minute, and My Big Fat Gipsy Wedding.

Mr Taylor, 56, said he wanted to use the opportunity to champion community pubs, which were struggling in the current economic climate. The couple are also joint owners of the Cherry Tree pub at Harleston.

'It is not for fame and fortune, it is about showing the people the decline of the pub industry. It is hurting a lot of people and will hurt more people if things to not change.'

'We have warned quite a few of the regulars and they are all excited about it and there are some very strong characters in here,' he said.

Mrs Taylor, 54, added that she wanted to show people what life was really like behind the bar of a community pub.

'I'm just going to forget that the cameras are there. We are quite outgoing people, you have to be gregarious to be a landlord and you have to be friend and social worker to everyone,' she said.

The Queens Head will be open as normal throughout the filming. The producers hope the documentary will be aired later this year or early 2012.

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