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28 October 2014

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Viva Blackpool

Kitty (Megan Dodds) and Ripley (David Morrissey)

David Morrissey reprises his Blackpool role of Ripley Holden in a one-off, all-singing, all-dancing, all-skating spectacular from award-winning writer Peter Bowker.

Ripley (David Morrissey)

Following the events of Blackpool and the implosion of his life and his dreams, Ripley headed to the bright lights and casinos of Vegas. Once there he discovered... God.

Now a Reverend, of sorts, Ripley has returned to his spiritual home and established Blackpool's first Vegas-style Chapel of Love. With daughter Shyanne (Georgia Taylor) as his assistant, Ripley performs weddings themed on anything from Elvis to Hogwarts. He's happy enough, living in a caravan in the Chapel car park. But then he meets American sexpot Kitty De-Luxe (Megan Dodds) when she's jilted at his altar, and falls hopelessly in love.

Shyanne (Georgia Taylor)

At the same time he's courting Kitty, he's being courted himself. He's been left a collection of football memorabilia by his friend Patrick, including the genuine Jules Rimet World Cup trophy, and two rival bidders are determined to get their hands on it.

The only trouble is, when he visits Patrick's bereaved mother he's horrified to find that she's using the trophy to store her son's ashes. Can Ripley still bring himself to steal it? Why is Kitty so keen that he does?

Totally smitten with a woman who's more than a match for him, is Ripley letting himself be played for a fool? Or will he pull an ace from his sleeve, and succeed in his dream of opening a chain of cheerful, cheesy Chapels of Love across Britain?

Mrs Berry, Steven and Tommy

Producer Sally Stokes, who says: "Viva Blackpool takes all the elements that we loved about Blackpool: singing, dancing, comedy and intrigue but also moves it on a peg. Ripley is not the kind of man to stay still, and having licked his wounds from his marriage break-up, we find him in his new world: Las Vegas style wedding chapels.

"Ever the dreamer, he's got big ideas and his plan of UK and then worldwide domination is just around the corner.


David Morissey
Ripley Holden
Georgia Taylor
Megan Dodds
Annette Crosbie
Mrs Berry
Mark Williams
Tommy Vesty
Keith Allen
Steve Pollard

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