LIGHTS, camera, action...
Camera crews have taken over a top Lancashire school to film for a new TV drama.
Filming has been taking place at Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe - and some of the students managed to scoop roles as extras.
The group of pupils were transformed by make-up and costume artists into 1950s characters for the new drama, which features Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumerbatch’s co-star in Sherlock Holmes.
The half hour long drama, a ghost story, is set to be aired on BBC2 at Christmas.
Titled The ‘Tractate Middoth’ the drama was written and directed by Mr Gatiss.
It is a chilling adaptation of MR James’s short story and will see a return of the cherished ghost story.
A school spokesman said: “The Stonyhurst extras were restyled and transformed by the BBC’s make-up and costume artists as young people from the 1950s, a process which took almost three hours.”
One student said: “After a 7am start we were directed to walk in and out of the College’s main gate and across the quad, as the main character approached.”
Another added: “It was a brilliant day and very exciting to work with such well known people.”
The cast also includes Sacha Dhawan from The History Boys, Louise Jameson a former Doctor Who girl and Una Stubbs, also in the BBC’s Sherlock series.
In Sherlock Holmes, Mr Gatiss played, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older brother.
The drama will be complemented by a documentary, MR James: Ghost Writer (w/t) in which Mark Gatiss steps into the mind of MR James, the enigmatic English master of the supernatural story.
Stonyhurst is a 400 year old co-educational day and boarding School for three –to 18-year-olds.