Dial M for Middlesbrough: Meet the cast and characters of Gold's latest murder mystery
Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson have a new murder to solve when they seek refuge in a sinister caravan park – but whodunit this time?
Comedy stars Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson are back on board their ill-fated tour bus for another murder mystery, and this time the grisly trip is heading to Middlesbrough in the company of Jason Donovan.
Dial M for Middlesbrough is the latest in Gold’s series of spoof whodunits which have included Murder on the Blackpool Express and Death on the Tyne.
As ever, the two stars are joined by a strong supporting cast – here’s who we’ll see on the coach this time.
Terry (Johnny Vegas)
Terry is the unluckiest tour operator around, as he finds himself behind the wheel of a third nightmarish coach trip.
This time, his bus breaks down in the middle of a thunderstorm – but what’s the secret behind the sinister caravan park they end up in?
Terry is played by Johnny Vegas, known for his long-running role in holiday sitcom Benidorm as well as comedy spin-off Still Open All Hours. He starred in the series Moone Boy and makes regular TV panel show appearances, but some viewers may remember him best as the face of PG Tips alongside his puppet friend Monkey.
Gemma (Sian Gibson)
Terry's tour colleague Gemma is back on board, too, as the pair’s will-they-won’t-they love story continues.
But this time, Gemma is unusually jumpy when they arrive at Shady Creek Caravan Park.
What is the mysterious secret it holds that strikes such terror into her heart?
Sian Gibson is best known for co-writing and starring in Peter Kaye’s Car Share, and had previously teamed up with the comedian on Phoenix Nights. Her acting work has also included soap roles in Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.
Darren (Jason Donovan)
At the caravan park, we’ll meet events manager and 90s throwback Darren, played by real-life pop legend Jason Donovan.
Jason first became famous as Scott Robinson in Neighbours before launching a pop career. He has also starred in TV series MDA and Echo Beach, as well as taking part in Strictly Come Dancing and playing a lead role in the West End stage show Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Susan (Joanna Page)
Site chef Susan is extraordinarily clumsy, but her face will be familiar to viewers.
She’s played by Joanna Page, best known for her title role in sitcom Gavin and Stacey which she’ll be reprising in a Christmas special this year.
Joanna has also appeared in Love Actually and The Syndicate.
Mildred (Sheila Reid) and Hilda (Georgie Glen)
Coach trip regulars Mildred and Hilda are boarding the doomed bus once more, but this time for a much less cheerful reason than a holiday.
The friends are on their way to a funeral in Middlesbrough and are waiting for Terry and Gemma to collect them.
Sheila Reid (Brazil, Benidorm) and Georgie Glen (Waterloo Road, Calendar Girls) have been in both episodes of the Gold comedy so far.
Evie (Sally Lindsay) and Jed (Phil Davis)
Site owners Evie and Jed could be the key to finding out the mystery of the caravan park’s strange atmosphere.
But how much do they know, and how much are they willing to share with Terry and Gemma?
They’re played by Sally Lindsay (Still Open All Hours, Mount Pleasant, Coronation Street) and Phil Davis (Vera Drake, Bleak House, Poldark).
Caravan Park Guests
The site is temporary home to a collection of strange characters, all of whom may or may not be behind the mystery.
Drop-dead gorgeous American tourist Chad is played by John Macmillan (Famalam, Silk) and excitable birdwatcher Neil is played by Mike Wozniak (Man Down).
Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave, Calendar Girls) is long-term park resident Edna, and holiday prize-winners Phil and Penny are played by Jason Forbes (The Mash Report) and Ambreen Razia (Murdered by My Father).
Who will survive the horrors of the sinister and dilapidated Shady Creek?
Dial M for Middlesbrough will air on Gold in December.