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Holiday guide appeals to TV fans

Matt Lucas as Florence and David Walliams as Emily in the Little Britain "Ladies" sketch
Eastbourne seafront was used in the Little Britain "Ladies" sketch

Sites in Eastbourne which have featured in movies and TV programmes have been listed in a holiday guide to attract more film fans to the resort.

Tourism bosses at the council said they were keen to maximise on recent filming success in the Sussex seaside town.

The town's Holywell Beach was used for EastEnders, and the seafront is in Little Britain's "Ladies" sketch.

And the film, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging - filmed and set in Eastbourne - was released on DVD in December.

The film is the latest movie from Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha.

It includes "iconic" Eastbourne landmarks, including the bandstand, the pier and Holywell Beach, said councillor Steve Wallis, tourism spokesman for the authority.

'Busy year ahead'

Mr Wallis said: "The cinema release of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging was very exciting for Eastbourne with lots of interest from film fans desperate to see the locations featured on the big screen."

He added that 2009 was also set to be "a busy year of filming in the town" and said the council was hoping to attract "even more" TV producers and movie makers throughout the year.

The council's film unit said the nearby South Downs landscape "without a pylon or traffic in sight" had also made the "perfect spot" for filming famous scenes in Harry Potter, Pearl Harbour and James Bond.

Locations used to shoot films TV series and music videos have all been featured in Eastbourne's 2009 holiday guide.



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