a JOINER dreaming of TV success saw his comedy show brought to life in Batley.
Andrew Dorree swapped saws for scripts to write TV series Make It Plumb and filmed teaser clips at his home in Carlinghow at the weekend.
The 31-year-old joinery teacher dreamed of creating the new Auf Wiedersehen Pet after he was inspired by an episode of BBC1 comedy Outnumbered.
After years of writing, Andrew has joined forces with plumber and assistant producer Gavin O’Malley and director pal Nathan Camponi to bring his small-screen ambitions to life.
A pilot episode is due to be filmed next March and will be shown on Freeview channel Made In Leeds TV.
The three are also applying for funding from Screen Yorkshire backed by one of the show’s stars, Anthony Lewis, who has acted from the age of nine in shows including Emmerdale, Torchwood and The Syndicate.
Anthony is brother of Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis, who played Neville in the wizarding saga.
Andrew said the first weekend of filming was brilliant.
He said: “We had a really, really good time.
“We were meant to shoot five short films but ended up getting in an unscripted sixth one in.”
He said his career as a joiner had given him plenty of material for the show.
“Most of the things I have written about have been 50 per cent experiences I have been through and stories I have heard, and 50 per cent writing,” he said.
“At work you see things and hear things that you couldn’t even make up!”
Andrew, who grew up in Morley, lost his own joinery film during the recession and has used his own experiences and the people he meets to bring to the show to life.
“I’m a real people watcher,” he said.
“You know the saying, there’s nowt as queer as folk!”
As well as filming in Batley, the crew headed over to the construction department offices at the school where he works, which will act as a base for the fictional building firm.
Andrew has enough comedy material in the bag for three series of six episodes each, and has almost written the first series.
“Ideas just pop into my head,” he said.
“I find it easier to develop an idea that I have had than sit down and try to write.” He said it was a surreal feeling watching the show being filmed and his scripts acted out.
He said: “I thought, ‘I’m just a lad from Morley, what am I doing here?’”