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Thursday 4 November 2004
4 November 2004
Top comic encourages city folk to visit Peak District
Top film and TV funnyman Johnny Vegas is encouraging town and city residents to take advantage of the fresh air and stunning scenery of the Peak District.
Johnny has been filming his new TV show 'Dead Man Weds' in the National Park, and his visit has rekindled his love for the region.
"It was romance that first brought me to the Peak District many years ago. Now it's a love of the people and its landscapes," he said.
"It's somewhere you can lose yourself in. Free time is rare for myself, so I use it wisely. It's the perfect antidote to city and town living and, most importantly, the pubs keep a great pint here! No airs, no graces, just life at the pace it's meant to be."
Visit Peak District marketing manager David Bourque said: "The Peak District is surrounded by major towns and cities including Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Leeds, Derby, Nottingham and Stoke.
"Millions of people live within easy reach but many don't realise just how close they are. What's more there are great bus and train links from all major towns and cities.
"There are lots of things to see and do for people of all ages - from outdoor activities like walking and cycling to major attractions such as Chatsworth and Haddon Hall and picture-postcard villages."
To find out more about visiting the Peak District log on to www.visitpeakdistrict.com
For information about public transport links visit www.derbysbus.net or by phone 'Call Derbyshire' on 08456 058 058.
'Dead Man Weds' is a six part series, to be screened on ITV in January, which has been filming in the Peak District villages of Bradwell and Castleton.
The series is set in the fictional Fogburrow, where Vegas plays the lazy, gone-to-seed deputy editor of the local newspaper.
He resents his new editor - a disgraced ex-Fleet Street high-flier - but they stumble across a scandal at the local agricultural research plant and are forced to co-operate on the scoop. The cast also features Tim Healy as a pub landlord and Keith Barron as the mayor and newspaper-owner.
The Peak District has a long association with film and countless TV productions. A major Hollywood production of Pride and Prejudice has just finished filming in the region, Lyme Park and Longnor provided the backdrops to the famous BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and movies Jane Eyre and the Princess Bride were also shot in the region.