Dominic Savage's Thanet-based BBC drama True Love is ratings hit
MILLIONS of viewers tuned-in to watch True Love, a new BBC series filmed in Thanet.
Written by Margate-born filmmaker Dominic Savage, the programme drew one in five of the TV audience on Sunday night with 3.1 million people watching.
The award-winning director filmed the drama in his home-town between August and October last year.
Dominic grew up in a flat overlooking Dreamland and fondly remembers the resort in its heyday.
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Dominic said he was pleased to return to his roots while filming last year.
He said: "Margate is a completely different place now. For me and my brother growing up, Dreamland was our playground.
"It was buzzing with people and felt quite glamorous. When I was writing, I just knew that Margate would be a great place to set the story.
"One of the reasons for making the series there was the idea that there are lots of places people can be isolated and out of sight.
"It was also an advantage for filming scenes. When you film in a city, it is busy and it is hard to shoot.
"There's a scene in episode one where the characters meet in a cafe away from it all. You couldn’t do that in a big city."
Dominic is pleased that True Love could help promote Margate and show the great things the isle has to offer.
He said: "I do feel that by doing positive things, we can help people have pride in the place. Tracey Emin does that and it can only be good for the town.
"The characters in the series often talk about how it is a nice place to live.
"It was just a place to go for a day trip or weekend at the seaside but now it also attracts art lovers with the vintage shops in the Old Town."
With its improvised scenes, he hopes that the characters and relationships will seem as true as the title suggests.
He said: "The unscripted dialogue means the actors have to come with a natural approach and call on personal experience of a past relationship.
"Everyone has a first love and exploring how you would feel to meet that person again and what would happen?"
Among the stars of the five-part series are former stars of Doctor Who, David Tennant and Billie Piper, Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt, This is England actress Vicky McClure and former EastEnders star Lacey Turner.
The director says the characters have unfinished business and would be open to making a second series.
True Love will be shown on BBC One tomorrow at 10.35pm with tomorrow’s final double bill on Wednesday at 10.45pm.