Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Belfast a TV star again ...all in the Line of Duty

Vicky McClure
The crew set up for filming outside McElhatton's Bar on Belfast's Donegall Street
The crew set up for filming outside McElhatton's Bar on Belfast's Donegall Street

Crime, corruption and complex characters are the themes of the latest high-profile television series being shot on location in Belfast.

Filming of the second season of edgy BBC Two police drama Line Of Duty wraps up next week.

So far Central Library has doubled as a police station and a number of bars have been used as the backdrop for gripping scenes.

Actress Vicky McClure, who plays Detective Constable Kate Fleming, was in character in the Cathedral Quarter yesterday.

Known for her roles in This Is England and Broadchurch, in Line Of Duty she stars alongside Fermanagh-born Adrian Dunbar, Keeley Hawes of Spooks and Men Behaving Badly's Neil Morrissey.

World Productions' 57-strong production crew has been busy transforming streets and venues across Belfast including, the Union Street bar and McElhatton's pub on Donegall Street. Yesterday morning, they were busy filming at Union Street.

Location manager Peter Maxwell told the Belfast Telegraph the cast and crew had attracted a lot of attention from the public over the last few months.

"Today is part of a 16-week shoot, we finish next week," he said. "We do get a lot of people coming over and asking questions. People like to find out what's happening!"

He added: "My job involves looking after the crew, whatever they need, organising security, moving the tea stations when needed, putting EZ-Ups (canopies) up, monitors in, things like that.

"I'm going back to Game Of Thrones after Line of Duty finishes."

The first series of Line Of Duty was BBC Two's biggest new drama for 10 years, averaging 4.2 million viewers an episode.

Series two features a new police corruption story told over six one-hour episodes.

It opens explosively with the ambush of a police convoy in which three police officers are killed and a protected witness seriously injured.

BACKGROUND

Vampires and medieval fantasy characters are some of the spectacular creations being brought to life in Northern Ireland. Popular HBO fantasy series Games Of Thrones and BBC drama The Fall are among the major productions filmed here. Next month Universal Pictures will shoot a new blockbuster version of Dracula.

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