Dis­ney magic re­turns to ru­ral set­ting

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY SHEENA MCSTRAVICK

THERE was a sprin­kling of Dis­ney magic in the air as the cast of a pop­u­lar teenage show re­turned to North­ern Ire­land for film­ing. The Lodge was the high­est-rated se­ries pre­miere on the Dis­ney Chan­nel in the last four years. And it’s back for a se­cond sea­son with film­ing, which got un­der way yes­ter­day, tak­ing place en­tirely at Mon­talto Es­tate in Bal­ly­nahinch, Co Down. The mu­sic-filled drama fol­lows the story of 15-year-old Skye who re­turns with her dad to her child­hood hol­i­day lodge in North­ern Ire­land. So­phie Sim­nett, who plays Skye, said: “We love it here. Ob­vi­ously the weather’s not great but last year we went to the Gi­ant’s Cause­way and had a lit­tle touristy mo­ment. “All of the crew here are amaz­ing, they’re such a su­perbly tal­ented hub of crew here. It’s great to work with them.” Thomas Do­herty, who plays Sean, added: “We saw some of the Game of Thrones film­ing lo­ca­tions as well which was pretty cool. “Belfast is so beau­ti­ful, the peo­ple are so nice.” Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Steven An­drew said the es­tate pro­vides “one of the most beau­ti­ful set­tings for any chil­dren’s drama”.

LINE-UP Stars of Dis­ney Chan­nel’s hit se­ries WEL­COME BACK Cast of The Lodge in Bal­ly­nahinch yes­ter­day

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