Updated: Casting agent inundated after Emmerdale cyclist extras appeal - no more please!

ITV's Yorkshire-set soap was looking for cycling extras for Tour de France-themed episodes

by Simon_MacMichael   April 25, 2014  

Emmerdale

Updated: A casting agent who launched an appeal to find cyclist extras to appear in special Tour de France-themed episodes of Yorkshire-set ITV soap Emmerdale has told road.cc that she has been inundated with enquiries for hopefuls - and is pleading for people to STOP sending in applications.

On Wednesday, we reported how a Bradford-based casting agency and artiste management firm was looking to find some cycling extras for filming of the episodes of the long-running progamme.

The main requirement was that applicants should be “an experienced and keen looking cyclist with a good road bike, usual Lycra and equipment.”

The agency added, “basically if you look like you wouldn’t be out of place at the Tour de France, I could book you in for some days’ filming at the Emmerdale village in Harewood.”

Judging by the response to our original article, they will have had no shortage of interest.

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lol, i can just picture the the kind of people volunteering who 'think' they look the part now.

Surely they they could have asked a few of the local cycling clubs if their fast guys are available for a day and resolved this in minutes?

posted by eddie11 [83 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 11:15

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"What do you mean I don't look pro? I followed all the rulez..."

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posted by Dapper Giles [58 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 11:17

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If they'd have thought on they could have got some really good footage of actual pro-riders yesterday. I think Kittel may be more of a Heartbeat fan but I'm sure they could have twisted his arm.

The key question is how much are they paying?

posted by farrell [1580 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 11:28

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its the scene with the out of control combine harvester and 18 pints of cider that gets me nervous

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posted by Simmo72 [397 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 11:38

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Simmo72 wrote:
its the scene with the out of control combine harvester and 18 pints of cider that gets me nervous

After 18 pints of cider, I'll not notice the combine let alone look like a pro. Laughing

posted by Yorkshie Whippet [344 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 11:46

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So I'm out with my fat gut!

posted by mickcee [38 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 12:20

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I'm soo Pro my new Ribble even looks like a Dogma. Big Grin

posted by pmr [175 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 13:31

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mickcee wrote:
So I'm out with my fat gut!

Nah, just wear an AG2R jersey and speak Colombian. Big Grin

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posted by Gizmo_ [958 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 14:09

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i would love it if it was full of fat mamils, although not that I am going to watch emmerdale either way.

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posted by pants [102 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 17:08

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Complete SKY kit on order.

posted by don simon [254 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 17:26

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Simmo72 wrote:
its the scene with the out of control combine harvester and 18 pints of cider that gets me nervous

Cider - it's up norf. More likely 18 pint's of best.

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posted by badback [277 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 18:54

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I would do this, one of my mates was an extra in 'The Flying Scotsman', it would probably be something like that. I wonder when they are filming?

Currently going slower than I'd like...

posted by stealth [216 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 19:44

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don simon wrote:
Complete SKY kit on order.

No shortage of these - I see at least 4 or 5 on every ride - all shapes and sizes

posted by daddyELVIS [453 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 21:40

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"Paula from the agency adds, “basically if you look like you wouldn’t be out of place at the Tour de France, I could book you in for some days’ filming at the Emmerdale village in Harewood.”

I'll need to starve myself to death for months to "get the look"

Sudor

posted by Sudor [183 posts]
24th April 2014 - 7:54

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Is this worth shaving my legs for? Thinking

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posted by mckechan [198 posts]
24th April 2014 - 8:07

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Guys, if you're thinking of doing this, please ensure you are paid for your appearance. Don't be fooled by anyone who says that there "isn't the budget for it". These programmes make significant amounts of money for ITV, there's plenty of cash to pay you.

I'd want at least £100 a day, plus expenses (source - works in television). And bear in mind that for much of the day, you'd be doing nothing - so take warm clothes.

posted by Peowpeowpeowlasers [127 posts]
24th April 2014 - 8:38

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RIGHT I'm off to shave my head and grow a mustache. Where's my testosterone at...

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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
24th April 2014 - 9:36

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Also be ready to be asked to change your kit. I've been an extra before and had to change my jacket to a plain one because of the logo of the maker on it. So you may find pro kit is out but you may get away with club kit depending on the sponsers on it. And as peow says bring warm clothes cause there will be an awful amount of sitting around.

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posted by giff77 [1068 posts]
24th April 2014 - 9:48

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Be interesting to see how many clubs manage to get themselves on this...

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3476 posts]
24th April 2014 - 10:15

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Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:
Guys, if you're thinking of doing this, please ensure you are paid for your appearance. Don't be fooled by anyone who says that there "isn't the budget for it". These programmes make significant amounts of money for ITV, there's plenty of cash to pay you.

I'd want at least £100 a day, plus expenses (source - works in television). And bear in mind that for much of the day, you'd be doing nothing - so take warm clothes.

I believe the natives vernacular is "Don't do owt for nowt".

I've always picked up between £100 and £150 a day, the majority though have been nearer £100, but that's for just standing round in normal every day clothes not having to wear expensive cycling gear and bringing along potentially a few grands worth of bike.

And what happens if the type of chopper that tears though people at the beginning of sportives (only to be found burnt before the end) gets himself extra giddy and loses control whilst trying to get his race face into the "epic" shot and cleans out your pride and joy and all it's crabonz?

Who's liable or will all liability be waived away when you sign on?

This is all worst case scenario and very pessimistic but worth bearing in mind.

posted by farrell [1580 posts]
24th April 2014 - 10:29

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On Tuesday I sent in a photo (of myself) to the casting agent but it was rejected with a note saying "thanks for your interest but keep of the beer" Party

posted by Roberj4 [202 posts]
25th April 2014 - 10:10

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eddie11 wrote:
lol, i can just picture the the kind of people volunteering who 'think' they look the part now.

Surely they they could have asked a few of the local cycling clubs if their fast guys are available for a day and resolved this in minutes?

But if they wanted "fast guys" then maybe they would of asked for them!

Pete

posted by littlelloydy [5 posts]
25th April 2014 - 20:29

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mickee > So I'm out with my fat gut!

think positive - please look at picture number 11!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/26/world/asia/north-korea-bike-race/

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posted by ch [109 posts]
25th April 2014 - 21:25

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