Erskine found itself in the spotlight as one of British television’s top stars came to town to film a new show.

Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams was spotted in Lyon Road as he shot scenes for a TV adaptation of his children’s book Grandpa’s Great Escape.

The programme is expected to attract millions of viewers when it is screened on BBC One this Christmas.

And Erskine residents got a taste of showbiz when they spotted Walliams playing the part of Barry – the dad of one of the book’s main characters, Jack.

Filming took place under cover of darkness last Wednesday and Thursday.

But despite being in costume, complete with fake moustache, passers-by were quick to recognise Walliams, who has starred in a string of hit TV shows, including Little Britain.

Erskine resident Steve Blackmore managed to get an autograph from Walliams.

Jonny Brown was also among those who spotted the popular comedian during a break in filming.

He said: “I drove past with the window down and said ‘hi’ to David and he said ‘hi’ back.

“I am starstruck.”

Grandpa’s Great Escape is about a World War Two pilot who now suffers from Alzheimer’s and is transferred to a care home for the elderly called Twilight Towers.

However, it becomes apparent that the boss, Miss Dandy – played by Jennifer Saunders, of Absolutely Fabulous fame – is running Twilight Towers for ulterior motives.

It is down to grandpa, played by veteran actor Tom Courtenay, and his determined grandson Jack, alias Kit Connor, to make a daring escape.

Walliams said he is thrilled to be working with “acting and comedy royalty” on the BBC adaptation of his book.

He added: “I have loved Tom Courtenay forever and I still can’t believe that I am working with him. He is the perfect Grandpa.

“And what a treat to be working with comedy genius Jennifer Saunders again.”