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Town to star in Channel 4 drama

By Faversham Times  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

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TV CAMERAS will descend on Faversham this autumn as the town becomes the setting for a dark new drama.

A Channel 4 crew will begin shooting the new four-part series called Southcliffe in and around Faversham in October.

Producers say the one-hour episodes are about a small English market town rocked by four shootings in a day. The story is told by a journalist returning to his childhood home.

Laurence Young of Faversham Enterprise Partnership has already started working with the film-makers and has been seeking locations in the town.

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He said: "Our job has been to provide the local knowledge. We have given the crew names of amateur dramatics groups for extras and we have suggested the best places to shoot various scenes. It is exciting because this is the first time we have had a really big show shot in Faversham.

"I think it will be a very interesting thing for townspeople to watch when it comes out. Hopefully it will encourage film-makers to choose to come back here in the future."

It is believed road closures are planned for some areas while filming takes place but with no major disruptions.

Mr Young added: "I don't think the subject of the drama will portray the town in a negative light at all. In fact, I think the filming will benefit the area by raising the profile of the town and advertising the lovely locations to millions of viewers."

The crew and actors will be staying for up to nine weeks. The drama has been penned by award-winning Tony Grison who wrote Red Riding and The Unloved.

He said: "Southcliffe is a fictional market town inhabited by fictional characters but with similarities to many actual people and places in Britain today. Invisible people, anonymous places. It is an anthem to ordinary people's ability to reinvent themselves in the face of ultimate darkness."

It will be broadcast next year. The cast has not been announced.

Faversham is no stranger to TV. Documentary Neighbourhood Blues followed the town's bobbies; Monster Munchies featured a giant apple crumble at Brogdale Farm; Rory McGrath went wheelie bin racing at Hernhill and Oare Marshes were in Great Expectations.

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