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Golden Globe award winner Brenda Blethyn and Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison filming in Herne Bay

A Golden Globe winner and an Inbetweeners star have been spotted filming a new ITV sitcom on the Kent coast.

Brenda Blethyn and Blake Harrison were seen in Central Parade, Herne Bay, yesterday shooting their new comedy Kate and Koji.

Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison and Oscar-nominee Brenda Blethyn were spotted filming. Picture: Pete's Photography
Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison and Oscar-nominee Brenda Blethyn were spotted filming. Picture: Pete's Photography

Crews are filming exterior shots along the seafront this week before they start recording the programme in front of a live studio audience at the end of the month.

Ms Blethyn will appear in the title role of Kate, a working-class woman running an old-fashioned café who befriends asylum-seeking African doctor Koji, played by Jimmy Akingbola, who starred in Sky One's Arrow.

The show's synopsis says the pair develop a "volatile" relationship, often mediated by Kate's nephew Medium Dave, played by Mr Harrison.

Ms Blethyn is best known for starring in Vera and appearing in the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. She won a Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in 1997 for her role in the Mike Leigh's movie Secrets & Lies.

She was also nominated for an Oscar that year, before being shortlisted for the best supporting actress prize in 1999 for her appearance in Little Voice.

Film crews were photographed on the seafront on Monday. Picture: Pete's Photography
Film crews were photographed on the seafront on Monday. Picture: Pete's Photography
The ITV comedy will be called Kate and Koji. Picture: Pete's Photography
The ITV comedy will be called Kate and Koji. Picture: Pete's Photography

Mr Harrison is best-known for playing hapless Neil Sutherland in the much-loved Channel 4 comedy series The Inbetweeners.

Kate and Koji is expected to air in late Spring.

The Comedy Guide says the show is set in a fictional “neglected” seaside town.

Herne Bay was famously used to film scenes for popular comedy series Little Britain, with some clips shot in the former Bun Penny pub, which has now been transformed into apartments.

More recently, Disney movie crews were seen in Reculver in October.

Brenda Blethyn and Blake Harrison (middle) will be starring in Kate and Koji
Brenda Blethyn and Blake Harrison (middle) will be starring in Kate and Koji

They were said to have been carrying out test filming for the upcoming live action remake of The Little Mermaid, which is set to star Halle Bailey as Ariel, but this was not confirmed.

Disney booked out half the car park at HatHats coffee shop.

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