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Shepton Mallet to star in High Street Dreams TV show
Shepton Mallet
High Street Dreams will be shown on BBC One later on in the year

Shepton Mallet is set to be the star of a new BBC TV series which will look at how the British high street has changed over the past 140 years.

High Street Dreams will see five shop-keeping families from a variety of trades 'travel' back to the 1870s.

Over ten weeks they will run their shops in six different eras of British history, from Victorian Britain right through to the seventies.

The families will also dress, eat and play as they would in each era.

Filming for the BBC ONE series, which is expected to be shown in the autumn, is planned to begin in the summer and there will be opportunities for local people to get involved.

Producer Cate Wall said: "It's a big living history experiment and we're hoping we can bring history slap bang into a modern town.

"We really like Shepton Mallet as it's got a beautiful little town centre; it's so sympathetic to the Victorian era.

"Like many places all over the UK, it is suffering in terms of footfall so it was mainly because of the look [that we chose Shepton] but everyone has been incredibly helpful and it's perfect for it."

If you would like to find out more, a public session will be held at Mendip District Council's chamber in Shepton on Wednesday, 10 March where the production company will be answering questions from 5pm, and there'll be a short presentation at 6pm.

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