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Is Going Nowhere on the path to comedy success?

Driffield doubled up as the fictional town of Stonest, as filming began on the pilot of a new comedy.

George Walker is using his home town as the location for Going Nowhere, a sitcom he is hoping to develop in the style of other fly-on-the-wall programmes such as The Office and This Country.

After raising money for the project online, George, who is undertaking a Masters degree in media production, began filming earlier this month.

I don’t want anyone to think this is an insult, the title implies people who might think town life is boring, but also the community inside are happy where they are, they are ‘Going Nowhere’

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He told the Wolds Weekly: “This is a mockumentary style comedy about a fictional town called Stonest.

“I am originally from Driffield and wanted to make a love letter project about town life.

“I don’t want anyone to think this is an insult, the title implies people who might think town life is boring, but also the community inside are happy where they are, they are ‘Going Nowhere’

“Production is going brilliantly. We are getting some really funny stuff, and the community is being really supportive.

“We have a couple days of shooting left and I don’t want it to end. Let’s make ‘Going Nowhere’ go somewhere.”

On his Go Fund Me page, George wrote: “I have directed plays, music videos, short films and more. I have written a script that I am hungry to make.

“My rationale is that people find great comfort in comedies and sitcoms, you know the stakes are never too high or the characters in too much peril, and it’s just relaxing and fun to consume.

“I am desperate to create that sensation for people with Going Nowhere.”

The story centres around a ‘lovable buffoon’ called Wyatt, who works a town centre officer and is tasked with bringing more tourism to his small town, which has a reputation for being a little boring.

Filmed by a documentary crew, the central character tries to bring the community together with a series of madcap schemes, but he finds little success.

“As the day progresses, he becomes more desperate, as nothing he had planned is going as hoped. The stakes are getting higher with Wyatt’s job now on the line and an old school bully making a reappearance. Wyatt’s manic desperation leads to cringe-inducing but hilarious situations.”

George was hoping to raise £2,500 online to fund crew, equipment and locations but has pressed ahead after passing the £500 mark within a month, thanks to 25 donations.

“The crowdfunder is still live and any additional funds will help promote the project and get into festivals and competitions,” George added.

You can donate at www.gofundme.com/f/going-nowhere-a-comedy-pilot

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