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Faversham takes lead role in new Channel 4 drama Southcliffe

By Faversham Times  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

  • ROAD CLOSED: TV crew closed off a Thanet Way slip road for filming on Tuesday GIIS20121009A-003_C

  • STAR STREET: Beautician Jo Pepper and her partner Mark Risley, with Oscar, 2, had their home used for filming GIJN20121009B-001_C

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CAMERA crews have descended on Faversham as filming started for a new TV drama.

Parts of the Mall were cordoned off as Rory Kinnear – who played Bill Tanner in the two latest Bond films – shot his first scenes for Channel 4's new flagship show Southcliffe.

Insiders believe the extra exposure could boost the town's economy by up to £1 million.

Among those benefiting was beautician Jo Pepper, 40, and her partner Mark Risley who allowed the film crew to shoot scenes outside their home on Monday.

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She said: "We had a leaflet through the door asking if we would be interested in allowing the house to be filmed for the scenes set in London, to save them travelling to the city to do them.

"There were about 60 members of the film crew outside filming the actors getting in and out of cars and a London black cab.

"Our house was supposed to be Rory's character's family home. The scenes showed him leaving for work.

"Because the filming was outside we were able to stay indoors. But between scenes Rory was playing with my two-year-old son Oscar. They even watched Ice Age together.

"We had four actors in the house altogether. They were all really lovely.

"It was definitely a very different way to spend a Monday morning!"

Meanwhile, the film crew invaded every room of Katharine Fomison's Edith Road home.

The 35-year-old musician said: "The crew repainted one of the bedrooms and brought some furniture in.

"But apart from that, a lot of my things were still on show. It will be really interesting to see it on the TV.

"Everyone in the road was really excited, even though the crew only stayed a day."

On Tuesday morning drivers strained to see what was going on as the TV crew cordoned off the slip-road at the A299 Thanet Way at Hernhill for more filming.

Yesterday (Wednesday) Court Street was expected to be turned into a film set for a scene with Skins actor Joe Dempsie and film actress Shirley Henderson who played Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter films.

The four-part mystery thriller is due to be shown next autumn.

It is set during one day in a fictional English market town after a shooting, seen through the eyes of a journalist (Kinnear).

The cast includes Kaya Scodelario, who played Effey in teen drama Skins, and Hollywood star Eddie Marsan who has appeared in Gangs Of New York, War Horse and Sherlock Holmes.

Gabrielle Lindemann of the county council's film division said: "The crew will be based in Kent for three months with an eight-week filming schedule.

"A drama of this type can generate up to £1 million for the local economy."

The production is being made by Warp Films.

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