League stars to write new project together

Local star: Steve Pemberton with Reece Shearsmith in League of Gentlemen
Local star: Steve Pemberton with Reece Shearsmith in League of Gentlemen
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League of Gentlemen star Steve Pemberton is set to create a new TV series with his writing partner on the cult show, Reece Shearsmith.

The actor and writer, who grew up in Chorley and went to St Michael’s School, said he and Shearsmith planned to write a new project in the next few weeks.

Pemberton, who lives in London, is starring in She Stoops to Conquer at London’s National Theatre, while Shearsmith is in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre from Thursday. Once the plays open, they will have free time.

Pemberton, whose mother Margaret lives in Euxton, near Chorley, said: “Reece and I have a very good writing partnership and we’re about to start writing a new show.

“We don’t know what it will be yet. We’ve just decided, because he’s doing a show and I’m doing a show, when those plays are up and running, we’ll have our days free and we’re going to sit down and see what pops into our heads. There’s a window and we’re going to use it.”

“In the League of Gentlemen, there were two writing partnerships, I always wrote with Reece.”

The pair wrote another series together, the cult show Psychoville, which won two Comedy Awards, including last year’s gong for Best Comedy Drama.

But Pemberton said this would be an entirely new venture. He said: “We’ve left Psychoville at the end of the last series. We thought better to leave it there and try something different.”

The League of Gentlemen began as a sketch team when Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith met studying drama at Bretton Hall, Yorkshire. Fourth member Jeremy Dyson joined later. The TV series won a BAFTA, a Royal Television Society award and the Golden Rose of Montreux.

Although they split 10 years ago, Pemberton said: “We are still very close friends, there’s no acrimony there and, in fact, I wouldn’t say we will never work together again.”