When star-studded drama filmed in Bolton will show on ITV

Series filmed in Bolton with A-list faces to premiere today <i>(Image: PA and Kels Burke)</i>
Series filmed in Bolton with A-list faces to premiere today (Image: PA and Kels Burke)

The red carpet will be rolled out for a drama filmed in Bolton tonight.

Nolly, a biopic about the extraordinary life story of actress Noele Gordon, will air on television on Wednesday, February 2.

It will be  screened at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham today.

Helena Bonham-Carter of Harry Potter and Fight Club fame takes the title roll and was spotted in Bolton filming scenes.

The Bolton News: Bonham Carter spotted in Bolton while filming Nolly last year
The Bolton News: Bonham Carter spotted in Bolton while filming Nolly last year

Bonham Carter spotted in Bolton while filming Nolly last year (Image: Kels Burke)

Filming took place in the go  to location for producers of Le Mans Crescent, which was transformed into a period set with vintage cars and buses lining the town centre street last May and June.

READ MORE: ITV's Nolly starring Helena Bonham Carter starts filming in town

The three-part series, written by Russell T Davies – best known for Doctor Who and It’s a Sin – is due to launch on ITV’s online streaming platform ITVX next week, Thursday, February 2.

Bonham Carter was tasked with imitating Noele, who was deemed something of a legend in her own lifetime.

The Bolton News: Helena Bonham Carter as Nolly
The Bolton News: Helena Bonham Carter as Nolly

Helena Bonham Carter as Nolly (Image: PA)

As flame-haired widow Meg Richardson in the long-running soap opera Crossroads, she was one of the most famous people in Britain.

hen in 1981, at the height of the show’s success and the peak of Nolly’s fame, she was axed without ceremony, without warning, and with no explanation after 19 years.

Davies and Bonham Carter have revealed that they are both extra keen protect Noele’s legacy as she has no living family, with Davies saying he wanted to give her a “proper send-off”.

READ MORE: Nolly film crew issued with parking tickets in Bolton

The Bolton News: Helena Bonham Carter as Nolly
The Bolton News: Helena Bonham Carter as Nolly

Helena Bonham Carter as Nolly (Image: PA)

Bonham Carter said: “Russell thought she was treated appallingly and wanted to bring her back into people’s minds and give her the send-off she deserved.

“I love any character that has got many colours to play. I think Russell's script was a gift frankly, and a gift of a part.

“It was so clearly written. Unlike a lot of screenwriters, he writes idiomatically for character. She fizzed off the page.”

Davies added: “I think the more I work in television and the more I work with actors, the more mysterious that treatment seems.

READ MORE: Harry Potter star Helena Bonham Carter filming in Bolton

The Bolton News: Russell T Davies
The Bolton News: Russell T Davies

Russell T Davies (Image: PA)

“We've all seen actors being chucked out of soaps and we've all seen people falling from grace, but the very public and ruthless nature of that seemed odder and odder as time went on.”

Mark Gatiss plays Gordon’s close friend, Larry Grayson, host of The Generation Game, who also briefly appeared in Crossroads.

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