Young One set to join some old favourites at Norfolk film and TV convention

Nigel Planer. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Nigel Planer. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A crying, talking, sleeping, walking, living...Young One will be joining a galaxy of stars at a Norwich television, film and comic convention later this year.

Nor-Con at Norfolk Showground. Josh Bradley, 12, gets a selfie with Paul Taylor who is dressed as Ro

Nor-Con at Norfolk Showground. Josh Bradley, 12, gets a selfie with Paul Taylor who is dressed as Rogue Trooper from 2000AD magazine. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Nigel Planer is best known for his role as Neil Pye in the cult BBC 1980s comedy The Young Ones - in which he appeared alongside Ade Edmondson and the late Rik Mayall -and as Ralph Filthy in Filthy Rich & Catflap.

The actor, comedian, novelist and playwright is likely to be a big draw for fans of those and some of his other shows when he appears at NOR-CON 7 at the Norfolk Showground.

Singer and actress Toyah Wilcox, who appeared in Quadrophenia, will also be making an appearance at the annual extravaganza as will Mark Dexter, who was in the fifth Transformers movie The Last Knight.

They will be joining the likes of Chris Barrie, who played Rimmer in Red Dwarf, Ian McElhinney, who has appeared in Game of Thrones and Star Wars spin-off Rogue and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Nick Moran.

Nor-Con at Norfolk Showground. Costume competition winner, Kylie Preece (centre) with runners-up Bet

Nor-Con at Norfolk Showground. Costume competition winner, Kylie Preece (centre) with runners-up Beth Darville and Paul Robert. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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As well as celebrities signing autographs and taking part in question and answer sessions, there will Jedi training, replicas of the Ecto 1 car from Ghostbusters and KITT from Knight Rider, exhibitions, demonstrations, trader stands as well as comic artists and cosplay – 'costume play' – groups.

Mark Dean, director of Nor-Con Events Limited, said he was delighted to have several fresh new guests as well as some 'returning favourites'.

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He said: 'The wonderful thing about NORCON is its never the same day twice as the public continue to amaze us with different fantastic costumes.'

The annual spectacular, which started in 2009, moved to the Norfolk Showground in 2016 and following the success of last year's event it has been extended from a one to two days.

As in previous years Nor-Con will be looking to help raise money for a local charity by making a donation.

Tickets are now on sale and trader spaces are also still available.

Anyone who wants to buy tickets or find out more about trader stands for the event, which takes place at the Norfolk Showground Arena on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, should log onto www.nor-con.co.uk

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