Steve Bendelack directing and Robert Jones producing The Harry Hill Movie.

UK TV personality Harry Hill will start shooting The Harry Hill Movie on location for eight weeks in the UK from May 12.

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Steve Bendelack (Mr Bean’s Holiday) is directing from a script by Harry Hill, Jon Foster and James Lamont.

Entertainment Film Distributors is financing and will release the film in the UK and Ireland at the end of 2013.

The cast will also feature Julie Walters, Simon Bird, Matt Lucas, Sheridan Smith, Marc Wootton, Julian Barratt and Jim Broadbent.

The plot is described by the filmmakers as follows: “When Harry and his petrol drinking Nan (Julie Walters) discover their hamster is seriously ill they set off on a road trip to Blackpool pursued by a lunatic vet (Simon Bird).

“Along the way, Harry falls in love with an undersea shell person (Sheridan Smith), witnesses canine superstarscscscs The Dachsund Five, and meets indie rock band The Magic Numbers - who run a B’n’B.

“It all culminates in a fight on top of The Blackpool Tower. Who could be behind it all? Could it be Harry’s evil twin Otto (Matt Lucas), who was separated from Harry at birth and brought up by Alsatians?”

Hill said: “I’m thrilled at last to be able to tell the world the true story of my hamster’s struggle on the big screen and even more excited to be working with some of the comedy greats of the British film industry.”

Producer Robert Jones added: “It is an honour indeed to be able to help Harry bring a story so close to his heart to the public at large, many of whom will personally identify with the events depicted.” Lucky Features is also producing.