Danny Dyer was pictured filming his new BBC Two comedy Henpocalypse! on Thursday, his first role since leaving EastEnders last year.
The actor, 45, who plays a heightened version of himself, dressed in medieval clothing while sporting a moustache as he shot scenes in a Cheshire forest.
Opposite him was Kate O’Flynn, wearing garb from the Middle Ages too, portraying a hen party-goer who awakes to find the world has ended.
The series is centred around bridezilla Zara (Lucie Shorthouse) whose hen-do is interrupted by an apocalypse.
She and her fellow working-class West Midlander hens face a struggle for survival while they wait out the breakdown of human civilisation in an isolated holiday cottage in Wales.
FIRST LOOK: Danny Dyer was pictured filming his new BBC Two comedy Henpocalypse! on Thursday, his first role since leaving EastEnders last year
In-character: The actor, 45, plays a heightened version of himself in the programme
The strong female ensemble are made of Elizabeth Berrington, who plays Zara’s formidable mother Bernadette, Lucie Shorthouse as demanding bride Zara, Callie Cooke as put upon chief bridesmaid Shelly, Lauren O’Rourke as conspiracy theorist beautician Veena, Kate as one woman disaster area Jen and Ben McGregor will join the cast as entrepreneurial stripper Drew.
On top of the usual hen-do tensions, the hens must face the unknown post apocalyptic world in a battle for survival, armed with only their wits and a whole car load of hen do paraphernalia.
As they emerge from weeks of hiding out, they discover the male population has been very nearly wiped out.
Plus the hens soon realise they are not alone – they have serious competition from a bunch of radicalised Pilates instructors.
It follows reports Danny is heading back to the small screen with a major new documentary series.
The presenter, whose last scenes as Mick Carter in EastEnders aired at Christmas, has been busy filming a two-part Channel 4 series titled 21st Century Man.
The Sun claimed the film will see Danny explore what it means to be a man in modern Britain, as he explores topics including toxic masculinity, gender roles and men’s mental health.
Danny previously presented the popular Bravo documentaries The Real Football and Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men.
Outfit: He was dressed in medieval clothing while shooting scenes in a Cheshire forest
Spellbinding: The series is centred around bridezilla Zara (Lucie Shorthouse) whose hen-do is interrupted by an apocalypse
Plot: Opposite him was Kate O’Flynn wearing garb from the Middle Ages too
New look: He sported a moustache and a selection of rings while pictured in-between takes
Storyline: On top of the usual hen-do tensions, the hens must face the unknown post apocalyptic world in a battle for survival, armed with only their wits and a whole car load of hen do paraphernalia
A show insider said of his new Channel 4 project: ‘This will be new ground for Danny and viewers will see a whole new side to him.
‘He’ll still possess his usual bravado, but these are serious issues he’s exploring and he conducts himself accordingly. The look into toxic masculinity is particularly deep. It’s a hugely sensitive documentary all round.’
It’s believed the star has filmed scenes with male and female victims of domestic abuse as well as heading to a soft-play centre to meet families affected by trauma.
The documentary will air on Channel 4 later this year. MailOnline has contacted Channel 4 for comment.
Danny has thrown himself back into work since quitting his decade-long stint in EastEnders.
He presents a new game show on Netflix, titled Cheat while he’s also completed work on Channel 5 thriller Heat.
Heat, which began filming in Victoria, Australia last year, sees two families who are long-time friends visit a secluded home for a summer holiday during Australia’s bushfire season.
As well as the four-part action thriller, Danny has signed up to host a travel show for E4 with his Love Island star daughter Dani Dyer.
The actor’s final scenes as Mick Carter aired on Christmas Day, and saw the Queen Vic landlord mysteriously lost at sea after plunging into the water to save his estranged wife Linda.
Danny has revealed that if his career goes ‘t**s up’ he may head back to Albert Square in a few years time, joking he’d arrive back in Walford ‘covered in seaweed’ following a salty exit.
The soap actor added that ‘does miss’ many of the stars he worked with on the show, and he ‘loves them dearly.’
Busy bee: It follows reports Danny is heading back to the small screen with a major new documentary series
Hilarious: Katie portrays a hen party-goer who awakes to find the world has ended
Good watch: It was claimed the film will see Danny explore what it means to be a man in modern Britain, as he explores topics including toxic masculinity, gender roles and men’s mental health