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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Life on Piel Island in the spotlight for TV stardom

TELEVISION crews are set to descend on Piel Island this week to film for BBC show Countryfile.

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FASCINATING LIFESTYLE: Piel Island in gloomy weather SHEENAH ALCOCK REF: 0390554

Newly-crowned King of Piel Steve Chattaway and his wife Sheila will be helping crews with their filming. They are delighted that the programme will feature the famous Furness landmark.

Mrs Chattaway said: “We have spoken to people from the BBC and they are keen to show what island life is all about.

It is a great opportunity to showcase what it has to offer.

Piel Island is a beautiful part of Furness. The island has a long history and lots of tradition.”

As well as being crowned King of Piel, Mr Chattaway also became landlord of The Ship Inn last year.

Mr and Mrs Chattaway are currently renovating the pub, but have opened up the Bunkhouse Bar seven days a week for visitors.

Film crews will also speak to the small population of Furness people who inhabit the row of houses on the island. The island has proved a popular setting for the small screen.

In April, a 12-strong film crew invaded Piel Island, using the island as a backdrop for drama This Old Dog, featuring BBC actor and star of Waterloo Road Philip Martin Brown.

Countryfile is shown on BBC1 on Sundays at 11am. The Piel Island episode is likely to be screened in the summer.

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