MERSEYSIDE comic Johnny Vegas stepped behind the camera to direct cast including fellow comedian Jason Manford.
The St Helens star was in Liverpool to film the final scenes of an episode of BBC drama Moving On.
He met the former One Show presenter on the set of sitcom Ideal and thought he would be perfect for the role.
The ECHO joined the cast yesterday as they shot the fifth and final stand-alone episode, called That’s Amore, at Bar Bodega in Colquitt Street.
Other scenes were shot at nearby Kirkdale-based LA Productions, which has made all 25 of the episodes which make up the four Moving On series.
While Johnny dazzled producers with his directing skills, the shoot had not gone as smoothly as the crew had planned.
Jason, best-known for his role as a team captain on panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats, was struck down with gastroenteritis and had to take a couple of days off.
Producer Colin McKeown said: “It’s always difficult picking anything back up and the pressure was on to film the final scenes in time but Jason is well and he’s done a good job.
“Johnny built up a relationship with Jason and he spotted something in him. He wanted to take a risk and it’s paid off. I think he will surprise people so watch this space.”
Mr McKeown said former Benidorm star Johnny had made a big impression in the director’s chair and showed he was more than just a comedy actor.
He said: “He directed a Little Cracker short last year and he’s a natural director. He will do very well.
“He’s a very practical multi-tasker which is what you need to be as a director.”
The episode was written by Johanne McAndrew and Elliot Hope – the writers of BBC drama Candy Cabs starring Claire Sweeney.
Spy star Rebekah Staton plays Lisa, who wants a divorce from husband Gary, played by Jason. But they become the flatmates from hell when they are unable to move out or sell their house.