A new comedy series is being filmed inside one of Liverpool鈥檚 most historic buildings today.
Passers-by spotted film crews this morning outside Martins Bank, the former bank headquarters next to Liverpool Town Hall.
The ECHO can reveal that the crew of ITV2 show Timewasters is filming in Liverpool this week.
Timewasters, written and created by Daniel Lawrence Taylor, is about a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time to the 1920鈥檚 via a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats.
But the team is stuck in the past after their time machine is destroyed and soon find 鈥渢hat being young and black in the Jazz Age is a lot less genteel and a lot more shady than Downton Abbey had led them to believe鈥?
They recruit the help of some famous faces ?including TV inventor John Logie Baird, played by the actor Kevin Eldon ?and bid to get back home. But they find time along the way to play some of the 21st century鈥檚 most famous tunes to their audience of Bright Young Things.
As well as Martins Bank, the show is also set to film at the Athenaeum this week.
Creator Daniel Lawrence Taylor said 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 see that many black people in period dramas, or in time machines, so I thought I鈥檇 try to write about both.
鈥淭here are so many great people on board and I can鈥檛 wait to get started鈥?
Kenton Allen, chief executive of production company Big Talk, said: 鈥淒aniel Lawrence Taylor鈥檚 audacious idea of four time travelling dudes from South London going 鈥榖lack to the future鈥?has been a joy to make from start to finish. It鈥檚 a brilliant concept with a cracking cast bringing Daniel鈥檚 script to life.
鈥淎s an exciting new sitcom writer/performer DLT has a very promising future via his whip smart exploration of what would happen if we could re-visit the past.?/p>
The Martins Bank building was designed by architect Herbert Rowse, who also designed India Buildings, the Mersey Tunnel entrances and ventilation shafts.
It opened in 1932 and during World War II its vaults housed most of Britain鈥檚 gold reserves. Martins was taken over by Barclays in the 1960s and
In 2015 it was announced that the building was to become an hotel.
The building was bought last year by the Principal Hayley Group, which wants to turn it into the city鈥檚 first five-star hotel.