Dame Joanna Lumley has described the reaction to the Oldham filmed Netflix thriller Fool Me Once “thrilling”.

The drama has topped the list of most-watched programmes on the streaming service.

The show, which was filmed in Oldham in Alexandra Park last year, is based on a woman called Maya, played by Michelle Keegan, who installs a "nanny cam" to keep an eye on her young daughter.

The eight-episode drama also stars Dame Joanna and Richard Armitage.

Dame Joanna, who plays Richard’s mother, the cold, upper crust matriarch, told the PA news agency: “It’s thrilling (the reaction) because you work away without any audience at all as you know whenever you’re filming and you’re just working with a crew and then it’s put together and it’s released.”

She added: “I was rather taken aback when on New Year’s Day they told me that it would be released to 190 countries simultaneously.

The Oldham Times: The park was visible in the trailer

“It’s extremely well-crafted and it’s got lots of twists and turns, lots of red herrings and people watching at home haven’t any idea what happens until the very last reel, that’s always good.”

Dame Joanna was speaking as she joined a restaurant owner as he began a charity challenge which will see him walk 3,000 miles through every London Borough.

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Sujan Katuwal, who owns Panas Gurkha in Lewisham, south-east London, began his walk from the Embassy of Nepal, in west London, in support of Combat Stress, a charitable organisation dedicated to assisting Armed Forces and veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The story is centred on a combat pilot (played by Michelle Keegan) in the military suffering from PTSD whose husband (Richard Armitage), from a wealthy family, is murdered.

Adapted from the novel of the same name by crime writer Harlan Coben, the show has gripped audiences with its twists.

Oldham Council confirmed the news the borough would be appearing in the show on social media in November, and Alexandra Park was visible in the ~Fool Me Once trailer for the series.

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