Comedian and actor Greg Davies will be boosting the profile of his home town when he appears on a national radio show tomorrow morning.
The stand-up comedian will be quizzed on his Wem roots on BBC 6 Music in a competition with presenter Chris Hawkins, who is from nearby Loppington.
Greg grew up next-door-but-one to Chris’s nan, Shelia Perks, 84, so ‘Nana Hawkins’ will be the quiz master and asking the pair questions about the history of Wem.
Greg, who hasn’t seen Mrs Perks since he was about 12, will be quizzed on the sweet pea flower show, the historic town hall fire and treacle mines.
As well as appearing on comedy panel shows Ask Rhod Gilbert and Mock The Week, he is also known for his role as Mr Gilbert in the comedy The Inbetweeners and plays the part of Ken in a new comedy Cuckoo which began on BBC Three this week.
On the radio show he will talk about growing up in Shropshire, becoming a comedian, performing as part of Wem Amateur Dramatics and Operatic Society as a youngster and going to St Peter’s Primary School.
The show will hit the airwaves between 5am and 7am tomorrow morning. The 6ft 8in comic describes Shropshire as ‘a county that few people have been to’ and speaking about growing up in Wem he says ‘the more I think back and contextualise it with the rest of my life the more I realise it was really strange in a glorious way.’
He describes himself as a ‘proud Salopian.’ His new stand up tour called ‘The Back of My Mum’s Head’ will kick off in Devon on Wednesday.