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BBC One series The Capture featuring Fantastic Beasts star Callum Turner filmed at old prison in Canterbury

By Marijke Hall

A gripping new BBC One thriller about a British soldier fighting for his freedom has been filmed in an old prison.

Six-part series The Capture features rising star Callum Turner from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Cinderella actress Holliday Grainger in the lead roles.

Film crews were seen unloading lighting equipment outside the former prison building in Longport in Canterbury on Thursday morning, with filming taking place over two days.

One of the wings at the former Canterbury Prison
One of the wings at the former Canterbury Prison

The production team was based at the old council depot in Kingsmead.

Turner, who stars alongside Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp in the latest Fantastic Beasts film, plays Shaun Emery, a soldier whose conviction for murder in Afghanistan is successfully overturned due to flawed video evidence.

He begins to plan for his life as a free man with his six-year-old daughter, but when damning CCTV footage emerges from an incident in London, he finds himself fighting for his freedom once more, coming up against lies, betrayal and corruption.

Grainger plays DI Rachel Carey who is drafted in to investigate and she must discover if there is more to the shocking evidence than first meets the eye.

Turner says the series is one of the best things he has ever read.

Callum Turner will star in The Capture
Callum Turner will star in The Capture

“Shaun Emery is an anti-hero,” he said. “He’s funny yet wounded, complex, visceral and dangerous. The epic journey he goes on was one I wanted to travel.”

Ben Chanan, who has written and directed The Capture, said: “As detective and suspect respectively, Rachel and Shaun must grapple their way through a world of deception and moral uncertainty,” he said.

“I feel blessed to have two such brilliant, dynamic and engaging lead actors taking us on that journey.”

The prison closed in 2013 and is set to be developed by Canterbury Christ Church University.

A comedy drama called Poison Arrows was part-filmed there in April.

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