Video: Planet Norfolk to hit the television screens this summer

Film maker Nik Coleman discussing camera positions with landlady Carole at the Queen's Head in Long

Film maker Nik Coleman discussing camera positions with landlady Carole at the Queen's Head in Long Stratton.; Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2011

The unusual and quirky lives of Norfolk folk will be laid bare in a new reality show set to broadcast later this summer.

Planet Norfolk, by Forncett-based filmmaker Nik Coleman, is an unscripted look at what makes the county unique.

Featuring both a comedic and serious look at some its businesses and the characters behind them, the show also aims dispel misconceptions about the area.

Mr Coleman said it was a chance to highlight all that was great about the county, while showing its lighter side.

'I'm Norfolk through and through and I just wanted the truth – I've never had so much fun in my life,' he added.

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'Other people may laugh at us but our best attribute is that we can laugh at ourselves and it's about the old Norfolk saying – we're daft but we're not stupid. In this you get it in bucket-loads.'

He said the idea for the show, which took a year to film, stemmed from a fly-on-the-wall documentary at the Queens Head in Long Stratton in 2011 during which numerous people got in touch.

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Planet Norfolk features a number of vibrant stories, from a 17-year-old hairdresser's quest for love to a mattress sales company extending its services to babysitting.

A number of mini-episodes have already been shown on You Tube, and a premiere was held for stakeholders in Norfolk

Planet Norfolk will broadcast on Community Channel on Sunday, August 11 at 9pm and run at the same time for six weeks.

The channel is owned and run by communications charity Media Trust and can be viewed on Virgin 233, on Sky 539 and on Freeview 87.

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