Reality show auditions held

The Grim Up North casting auditions for the reality tv show, held at Bliss and Groove nightclub, Wigan
The Grim Up North casting auditions for the reality tv show, held at Bliss and Groove nightclub, Wigan
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CAMERA crews rocked up to a Wigan nightclub this week as the first auditions were held for a Wigan-based reality TV show.

Last month, the Evening Post revealed that plans were under way for Grim Up North, a programme which will see camera crews follow people from the town around in their everyday lives.

And, just like shows such as The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea, the reality show will be minimally scripted.

It aims to capture the diversity of the north of England and has targeted Wigan as one of its main casting points, with the production team coming from the town themselves.

And this week, producers headed to Bliss and Groove on King Street for the first round of auditions.

Around 1,000 applications have flown in to the production team, with the deadline this Friday. That number was whittled down to 50 hopefuls who headed to the popular nightspot for on-camera auditions.

Jon Cooper, of Hindley, set up Big Features last year which has gone about researching and assembling a cast.

He was part of the team interviewing potential cast members and was delighted with those who turned up.

He said: “We had just under 1,000 people apply online, which was the first phase. The first live auditions went fantastically well. We invited 50 people down to audition and there were some brilliant characters.

“We had a really diverse mixture of people which summed up Wigan really. It was really good to get to know them.

“Everybody who hasn’t been successful have been notified but there are others we still have to contact.”

Once applications close on Friday, production staff are hoping to hold “one or two” more audition stages.

The production staff remain tight-lipped as to how many cast members they are looking for as well as how mnay they found during the first audition.

Jon added: “We met some brilliant people and I really want to thank Bliss and Groove for allowing us to hold the auditions there.

“The bar was open and everyone had such a great day. It’s really exciting times at the minute.

“We founds some great potential cast members too so it was a great experience.”

The team hopes to start shooting in the build-up to Christmas. For more information visit or follow @grimupnorthtv