Driving Instructor – MACS TV Star!

The pilot episode for a new comedy drama set in South Wales has been filmed in Mountain Ash and stars MACS pupil Carrie-Anne Lougher (Year 10).

Driving Instructor, which has been written and is being directed by filmmaker Nic Thomas, is starring Welsh actor Boyd Clack, famed for his roles in High Hopes and Satellite City.

The comedy stars Cardiff actress Lorna Amy Sullivan who plays long-suffering driving instructor Tina Lane, while other cast members include Kirsten Jones, Abbie Hirst, Matt Doman, Scott Suter, Linda Bailey, Victoria George-Veale and Carrie-Anne Lougher!

The one-day shoot took place in Caegarw, Mountain Ash, and will also feature other locations including Dinas Powys, Taffs Well and Cardiff. Nic said: "We are so lucky to have Boyd and Kirsten involved. To have that experience and gravitas behind an unknown project helps put us on the map. We're so pleased. This is a new angle on Welsh humour."

Lorna, who is also producer on the series, added:
"It's so exciting. It's taken a long time to get where we are as we're removing scenes we think are not up to scratch and re-filming. Boyd and Kirsten have been great - not just in front of the camera but offering advice and pointers behind the scenes, too. We truly believe this is a winner and everyone's keenness to get involved has proved that. We are very excited for the future of Driving Instructor."

Pauline Jarman, Chair of Governors at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, said:"Well done to Nic Thomas for choosing his home town of Mountain Ash as one of the locations for the pilot shoot of his new comedy. I have known Nic since he was a young reporter with our local newspaper and if this production is written in that same style, then it will be an instant hit. Satellite City which featured Boyd Clack all those years ago used to be one of my favourite comedy shows and I was pleased to hear that he helped the production team with his vast experience. If Boyd Clack liked the script enough to take part, it must be very funny."