Trouble in paradise? | Mark Watson and Zoe Lyons holiday together for Sky short

Trouble in paradise?

Mark Watson and Zoe Lyons holiday together for Sky short

Zoe Lyons and Mark Watson have taken a holiday together, for a new short film sponsored by a travel company.

The two – friends in real life –  were chosen as a ‘chalk and cheese’ duo, with tense and super-cautious Watson at odds with livewire, adventure-seeking Lyons.

They were sent away to a luxury resort in Jamaica,  where they grappled with lilos, braved zip wires and practised yoga for a film funded by travel company TUI.

Watson said: ‘Zoe thinks we should be doing lots of stuff. She wants to go in the sea, all this business. So it’s quite full on. My idea of a holiday is not doing too much. That’s caused a bit of friction. We’ve had to eat in separate restaurants.

And Lyons said of her travelling companion: ‘His lack of preparation has charmed me. And shocked me. For a trip to the tropics, who turns up in a thick knit cardigan? That really took me by surprise. 

‘But, bless him, he’s given things a go. He’s not a lilo-master, I’ll tell you that. I didn’t realise how hard it was to get on a lilo until I saw him try and get on one…’

The pair will become the faces of  TUI  in a series of eight promotional ‘idents’ which will be broadcast across all Sky One programming.

The  20-minute short was directed by Gordon Anderson – whose credits include  Fresh Meat, The Inbetweeners and Shameless – will be made available on Sky’s online service, Sky Go, over Easter.

TUI also paired Dan Skinner – best known for his alter-ego  Angelos Epithemiou – with former Balls Of Steel prankster Olivia Lee for another trip. In footage online, Lee is shown planning and researching every last  detail, Skinner more laissez-faire.

Extra clips can be viewed at tui.co.uk/smile.

Published: 27 Mar 2018

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