A homeowner in Hemel Hempstead was in for a surprise when a film location scout knocked on the door of Barry Dutnall, 53, asking if they could film a lottery advert at his bungalow with one of the country’s biggest TV stars.
The crew had been filming different scenarios around Hemel for the advert including spots in the Old Town and Gadebridge Park, then found Barry’s bungalow to be the next suitable location.
Barry agreed to the use of his bungalow on Tile Kiln Lane, Leverstock Green, and it wasn’t long before he received a call to confirm a date.
The TV crew arrived around 2pm on July 24 completely taking over the area, using next door’s garden to set up the camera equipment needed so they could use the large driveway for the shoot.
To Barry’s surprise, TV personality Keith Lemon (Leigh Francis) arrived on set as the main star for the two-day shoot along with his mum.
“They came about 2pm and they spent about an hour coming into the house to get changed and bits and pieces so there was quite a lot of activity and it was really busy,” explained Barry.
“There was lots going on and to a certain extent we were stuck in the house as they were filming out the front so we couldn’t move around much.”
“Keith was mainly outside chatting to people and he was really good with some of the neighbour’s kids that were around.”
“It was all a bit weird but sort of different. It’s not something you get every day.”
After a couple of hours of the crew arriving, news spread quickly that Keith Lemon was in town and which school children finishing for the summer, it gathered quite a large crowd.
“It was the last day of school and word got around with that, so there was about 100 kids outside the house all trying to get pictures.
“By about 4pm it got really busy because they were really into the depths of the filming then and they were closing the road to stop cars coming up and it was really hectic for a couple of hours.”