Thanet given prime-time promotion
THANET will be the backdrop for a new prime-time BBC TV drama starting this weekend.
True Love, starring actors including David Tennant, will air on BBC One this weekend.
The five-part improvised drama was written by Margate-born director Dominic Savage.
It was filmed across Thanet between August and October last year and features landmarks including Turner Contemporary, Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs, the Pegwell Bay Hotel, Westwood Cross and Hawley Square.
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Each episode follows a character's love story and stars Absolutely Fabulous actress Jane Horrocks, Basic Instinct 2's David Morrissey and Dr Who stars David Tennant and Billie Piper.
The stories are self-contained but common characters overlap between the instalments.
Unscripted dialogue and a relaxed approach on set is designed to give the romance realism.
Tales include a happy marriage that is turned upside down by the reappearance of an old flame, a new dad experiencing love at first sight, a teacher with feelings for a pupil, a middle-aged woman in a stale marriage and a divorcee who becomes the victim of an obsessive love.
Other famous faces in the show include Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt, This is England actress Vicky Mcclure and ex-EastEnder Lacey Turner.
The BBC expects millions to tune in and Thanet council is hoping it will act as an advertisement for the area.
Business services manager Sarah Carroll said: "Dominic Savage is an internationally recognised writer and director and it's wonderful that he picked his birth town of Margate to be the main location for True Love.
"Dramas such as True Love enable Thanet's beautiful locations to be broadcast into the homes of millions of TV and internet viewers as well as boosting our local economy.
"I hope that local people tune into True Love and feel proud that their area has attracted such a sparkling array of talent and also feel proud that Thanet is firmly on the national broadcast map."
The episodes will be broadcast on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with a final double bill on Wednesday (June 20) at 10.45pm.
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