A BACUP home is set to feature in a new BBC series, after the detached property in Rossendale was selected to be used as the home of one of the characters.

BBC trucks parked on Douglas Road and Onchan Drive as the national broadcaster began work on its latest romantic comedy, Antony and Cleopatra yesterday.

A stunning cast has been assembled for the series, set to air on BBC1, including acting royalty Derek Jacobi and former Corrie star Anne Reid, who played Ken Barlow’s first wife in the 1960s and went on to star in Dinner Ladies and most recently ITV supernatural drama Marchlands.

Other big names cast in the show are ex-Corrie star Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker, who played Ruth in BBC spy drama Spooks, comic and Skins actress Ronni Ancona, Life on Mars star Dean Andrews and Tony Gardner, who has featured in My Parents are Aliens and Fresh Meat.

A BBC spokesman said the house was being used as the home for Dean Andrews’s character and will appear in two of the six episodes.

The six-part drama sees would-be childhood sweethearts Alan (Jacobi) and Celia (Reid) reunited after 60 years.

As their lives collide for a second time, Alan and Celia lament over what might have been as they take us on a life-affirming journey of what can still happen.

The six one-hour dramas have been written and created by Sally Wainwright and are being made by Red Production Company.

It is believed the drama has been filmed across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester since January.

The series is due to be aired later this year.