Just to put the record straight. I'm a soulie. Have been since I was 14. Done the Casino and still go to local venues today. I'm in this programme, as an extra. I replied to an advert looking for northern soul dancers. Earned £100 and had a wonderful experience filming on location in Cheshire at the Bowden Rooms last August. The northern soul element doesn't feature very highly. The story is about relationships within a family under personal and professional pressures. She Johnston in the story is a woman who reignites her passion for northern soul, but the programme isn't about northern soul. Sue Johnston also had a body double for the dancing parts, which I must warn you are dire, especially the dance competition final, so be prepared. You will cringe. We filmed for most of the day, dancing to Heaven Must Have Sent You. Some of the extras don't even know what northern soul is but are on the books of Mint Casting and get paid for their time, so came along and gave it their best shot. An experienced extra I spoke to said, that despite the length of filming, it was likely that our scenes would only take up a very small proportion of an episode. There were some well known, local soulies there that I recognised from local gigs. Suffice to say, someone rolled up with talc, shook it all over the floor and a couple of dancers went flying so filming was stopped while the floor was cleaned. The room was small, the floor was sprung and when filming started again, the "bounce" on the floor bounced the drinks off the tables and the floor had to be cleaned again. It really was hilarious. There are parts where we were asked to dance to no music so that the narrative parts could be recorded and not be drowned out by the Elgins. The only dancing, as far as I am aware, that the actors do, was in fact after filming had finished! Robson Green in particular had a great time dancing with the extras, a great guy, and he had a whale of a time. It had been a long day and it was nice to relax and let our hair down. None of the actors had dance lessons because they don't dance in the scenes. We were well looked after courtesy of the catering van. The cast were fabulous and friendly and Sue Johnston thanked us all for our time and patience. Lovely lady. So.....slate the production all you like. Of course it won't reflect the northern soul scene that we know and love. The programme is for entertainment purposes, it's not a documentary, it's just fun. I honestly can't wait to see how the day translates onto the television. So, you miserable, cynical, grumpy bunch, lighten up and accept it for what it is. A light hearted entertainment programme for the masses. Northern soul was, is and always will be a joke to people who aren't into it. Who cares? I don't. I love it and that's all that matters to me.