TV ratings hit for isle's True Love drama series
THREE million viewers tuned to see the sights of Thanet on BBC One this week.
Improvised romantic drama True Love, directed by Margate-born Dominic Savage, was filmed around the district last autumn.
It starred David Tennant, Jane Horrocks and Billie Piper playing characters in love triangles.
The BAFTA-winning director grew up close to Dreamland in the 1970s and holds fond childhood memories of Thanet.
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Dominic hopes True Love will help promote Margate and show the great things it 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."
The series featured David Tennant working at Thanet council, Ashley Walters as a carpet salesman in Westwood, Billie Piper as a teacher at Charles Dickens School, Jane Horrocks as a Fort Hill shopkeeper and David Morrissey of an actor living in Arlington House.
Among the love interests were Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt, This is England actress Vicky McClure and former EastEnders star Lacey Turner.
Mr Savage, currently directing West End play Fear, says he is considering writing a second series.
Sunday 3.1 million viewers
Monday 2.9 million viewers, 19 per cent share
Tuesday 2.8 million viewers, 18.3 per cent share