Resort duo feature in national TV show

Martin Heywood, Jason Manford and Leye D Johns

Martin Heywood, Jason Manford and Leye D Johns

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Two well-known faces within Blackpool’s entertainment scene are about to light up national TV viewing as they become would-be investors in fledgling businesses seeking the funds to launch their ideas into the world of enterprise.

Martin Heywood, managing director of multi-award-winning Viva Blackpool, and the venue’s resident show compere and comedian, Leye D Johns, play a leading part in the new eight-part series, Money Pit, to be aired on UKTV’s comedy entertainment channel Dave.

We hope viewers will find Money Pit compelling viewing, as we really enjoyed being involved and hope we brought some great comedy moments to the show

Their involvement follows them both being involved in a trailer for the show, made by Avalon-owned producers, Liberty Bell, last year.

The groundbreaking show has been inspired by the crowd funding concept. Hosted by Jason Manford, who plays a ringmaster role within an arena setting, it sees 40 amateur investors and total strangers putting their own money on the line in a quest to back the fledgling businesses they believe in.

Martin said: “We hope viewers will find Money Pit compelling viewing, as we really enjoyed being involved and hope we brought some great comedy moments to the show. “

Leye added: “I think, at times, we took some contestants and fellow investors totally by surprise with our comments and reactions, but we stayed very true to who we are and what we believe in.

The first programme airs tonight at 7.30pm on Dave.