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Oldway Mansion set to star in film
Oldway Mansion in Paignton
Oldway Mansion will double as Buckingham Palace
A Devon town is set to star in a new film called Churchill: The Hollywood Years.

The producers of the comedy will be filming at Torbay Council's offices at Oldway Mansion in Paignton.

The building will double as a fictional Buckingham Palace in the film, which is set during World War II.

The plot centres around a scheme by American movie moguls to replace Winston Churchill, because they are unhappy that their leading man is an old, cigar-smoking Englishman.

Other locations

An ambitious executive suggests replacing him with a dashing and all-American action hero, played by Christian Slater.

The film is being directed by Devon-based Peter Richardson, who was one of the leading lights of the Comic Strip in the 1980s.

He has assembled a cast of some of Britain's best-known comedians including Harry Enfield, Reeves and Mortimer and Mackenzie Crook from the BBC series The Office.

Other locations in south Devon will feature in the film, including the Paignton to Dartmouth steam railway.

A spokesman for Torbay Council said it will bring huge benefits to the community and the local economy.

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