NEW series Sexy Beast, which was partly filmed in Parkgate, is set to air today (Thursday, January 25).

The series, a prequel to the 2000 gangster classic Sexy Beast, saw filming outside St Thomas' Church on School Lane in Parkgate and also in Birkenhead in January 2023 and is available to air on Paramount+.

In 2000, Ray Winstone slathered on the suntan oil in Jonathan Glazer’s crime thriller Sexy Beast, portraying retired British criminal Gary “Gal” Dove who wagers his new life in the Spanish sun on the successful outcome of a daredevil robbery back in London masterminded by crime boss Teddy Bass (Ian McShane).

Chester and District Standard: Film crews set up in ParkgateFilm crews set up in Parkgate (Image: Robert Clive)

The eight-part prequel turns back the clock to the 1990s to explore the relationship between thief Gal (James McArdle) and kingpin Teddy (Stephen Moyer) as the two men assiduously build their reputations in London’s criminal underworld.

Chester and District Standard: Filming crew outside St Thomas' Church on School Lane in Parkgate Filming crew outside St Thomas' Church on School Lane in Parkgate (Image: Robert Clive)

Teddy and Stan Higgins (Paul Kaye) employ accomplice Don Logan (Emun Elliott) to pressurise Gal into assembling a crack team for a series of demanding jobs that attract the attention of rival gangs.

The stakes are high and Gal’s focus wavers when he meets renowned adult actress Deedee Harrison (Sarah Greene).

She intoxicates him and wedding bells prepare to chime just as Gal finds himself more isolated than ever in an unforgiving dog-eat-dog world.

You can stream all eight episodes of Sexy Beast on Paramount+ from today.