David Tennant and Billy Connolly and return to Glasgow today as shooting begins on a new film that marks the directorial debut of writers Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton.

In What We Did On Our Holiday, by the men behind critically-acclaimed BBC series Outnumbered, Tennant plays Doug, a Scot on the verge of divorce who returns to his homeland with his wife and children for a family gathering.

The film also stars Celia Imrie, Amelia Bullmore, Ben Miller and former Bond girl Rosamund Pike, who plays Tennant's wife, Abi.

Playing Doug and Abi's children are Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnball and Emilia Jones. Emilia featured in the last series of Dr Who and recent Channel 4 hit Utopia.

Connolly plays a character called Georgie.

Producer Dan Winch said the seven-week shoot would use the improvisational techniques used in Outnumbered, in which adult actors had little or no idea what their young co-stars would say next. He said: "We've been working on the film for a long time now so it's going to be good to get the cameras rolling. We're shooting at a few private houses largely in and around Glasgow, so our production base is there. We're shooting fully on location."

One non-Glasgow location confirmed so far is Doune, where a flower shop is being turned into a hotel.

The film is a co-production between Origin Pictures, who adapted Michel Faber's novel The Crimson Petal And The White for television, and BBC Films. It will be released in 2014.