Best wishes to Tydavnet’s thespian Pat Deery who (apart from his stage commitments with the award winning “The Cowboys”) is currently filming in Belfast city centre for a new Chinese/NI film “Special Couple”. Pat plays the landlord in the production. The film is a joint venture between Northern Ireland Screen and a Chinese production company, and is being directed by Lei Huang and produced by Jianxin Huang and Chris Curling. Also in the cast for the romantic comedy is “Sherlock” star Rupert Graves, having recently returned from filming in Beijing, China. The English actor was spotted shooting some scenes in the underground open space at the artisan chocolate shop, Co Couture in Chichester Street, and other locations being set up included St Anne’s Square and other streets close to Belfast City Hall. The film is aimed at audiences in Asia, and while the film is being shot in Belfast, it’s understood that it is set in London. The stars of the production– whom makers would not reveal – are familiar to Chinese audiences. Filming is set to last roughly three weeks; we look forward to hearing a lot more about it in the future. (All images by Mal McCann from the Irish News).

Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade in Sherlock