Shottle Hall plays host to stars of new television sitcom

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A Belper wedding venue has been used as the backdrop for an episode of a new television series – and its suppliers drafted in as extras.

Florists, photographers and wedding dress designers were among the 18 businesses holding a fake wedding fair at Shottle Hall, in White Lane, Belper.

The hall was transformed into the fictional wedding venue Motley Hall for scenes in the television sitcom Starlings, which is set in Matlock and broadcast on Sky 1.

Among the actors present were Ukweli Roach, who played Tom in the ITV1 drama fantasy Eternal Law and Rebecca Night, who starred Lark Rise to Candleford on BBC1 and an adaptation of Wuthering Heights on ITV1. She can currently be seen in the BT Infinity adverts.

The series is being made by Baby Cow Productions, which is co-owned by comedian Steve Coogan, famed for his alter ego Alan Partridge.

The show follows the lives of the Starling family – and the scene featured the family’s oldest daughter Bell Starling with her boyfriend, and father of her child, Reuben.

Producer Gill Isles said: “Shottle Hall was the perfect space for us, and the sort of venue our characters would naturally consider for a wedding. In the scenes shot at Shottle, Reuben is trying to persuade Bell to have a big white wedding, but she wants a much simpler affair.

“It’s very likely that many of the suppliers will appear in some of the scenes too.”

Shottle Hall’s marketing manager James Davis said: “Naturally we are thrilled that an audience of hundreds and thousands will get to see how beautiful and versatile Shottle Hall actually is.”