Film crews have moved into Bolton town centre to produce as series on Disney+ series based on an iconic British film.

And empty unit in Crompton Place on Victoria Square has been transformed into a set for a sequel to 1997’s The Full Monty.

The cast of The Full Monty have reunited for the new original series 

The sequel will be an eight-part series, which will premiere on Disney+.

Filming trucks are parked on Victoria Square with an area cordoned off.

Almost 25 years on from the BAFTA-winning film, the series will follow the original band of brothers as they navigate the post-industrial city of Sheffield and society’s crumbling healthcare, education, and employment sectors.

The Bolton News: The original cast of The Full Monty are reuniting for a new limited series (Diney /PA)The original cast of The Full Monty are reuniting for a new limited series (Diney /PA)

The Full Monty first came out in 1997 and for a while was the highest grossing film in the country.

It follows a group of unemployed men from Sheffield as they decided to form a male striptease act to make some money.

In keeping with the original film, the series will explore the brighter, sillier and more humane way forward where communal effort triumphs over adversity.

The new series will also introduce a whole host of new cast members including children and grandchildren of the returning characters.

The filming of the new show commenced in Sheffield and Manchester on March 28.

It is not known how long the cast and crew will be in Bolton.

Writer and executive producer Simon Beaufoy said: “We’re chuffed to bits to get all the Monty Men back together again – now with a chaotic entourage of children, grandchildren, pets and assorted hangers-on – to see what life in Sheffield is like 25 years on.”

The former department store has been used by production crews before in hit television series.

It was the set for Cobra, a Sky thriller Cobra, which also starred Robert Carlyle.

Film star Robert Carlyle filming new thriller series, Cobra, in Bolton

Filming has also taken place in Oldham, with the Greyhound Pub in Royton transforming itself into a set in June.

On that occasion landlord Patrick Chetram was full of praise for the operation.

He said: “It’s just a couple of scenes.

“It’s a pretty slick operation – the way that they operate and do everything, it’s amazing how many people are involved in something that’s only going to be a couple of minutes in a series.”