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Channel 4 drama Southcliffe brings £500k cash boost to Faversham

By Faversham Times  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Channel 4 Southcliffe film scenes outside the Guildhall

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Channel 4 Southcliffe film scenes outside the Guildhall

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FILMING for Channel 4 drama Southcliffe has boosted the town's economy by around £500,000 according to Faversham Enterprise Partnership.

The crime drama's production unit was based in Faversham for four months with scenes shot in and around the town, using local homes, town centre streets, the creek and Hollowshore pub The Shipwright's Arms.

The last shoot was at the beginning of this month.

Laurence Young, manager of the Faversham Enterprise Partnership, said: "Using industry standard calculations it is estimated that bringing the Southcliffe production to Faversham was worth around £500,000 to the local economy.

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"As well as spending a lot of time filming in and around the town, the production's base was in the town.

"We worked closely with the show's producers to find the locations they needed and with Kent Film Office, who did a sterling job co-ordinating local agencies and smoothing the show's path."

He added: "The crew described the shoot to me as being smooth and successful and the locals as welcoming and accommodating. I certainly picked up a lot of feedback from people saying how much they enjoyed watching and being part of the filming.

"The only niggle were early problems with Swale council about them being flexible in providing parking at some locations. But that was ironed out."

Southcliffe will be shown on Channel 4 next spring.

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