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Faversham stars in gritty crime thriller Southcliffe on Channel 4 - but show gets mixed reviews

By Lauren Fruen
Steven, played by Sean Harris, in Channel 4 show Southcliffe that was filmed around Faversham
Steven, played by Sean Harris, in Channel 4 show Southcliffe that was filmed around Faversham

A thriller filmed largely in Faversham got its first airing last night... to mixed reactions.

The Channel 4 drama hailed itself as a gritty crime series full of suspense and action.

But the first episode, featuring scenes shot in the town, gained varied reviews.

Channel 4's Southcliffe was based in Faversham for four months, with scenes shot across the whole town.

Southcliffe Picture: Channel 4
Southcliffe Picture: Channel 4

Homes, town centre streets and neighbouring marshland were all used to film the crime drama.

Scenes were also filmed at Sittingbourne police station, JK Hair in the High Street, Teynham Court Farm as well as a house in Avent Walk, Bapchild.

The drama hit the headlines last year when Faversham residents mistook filming for a real life crime scene on their doorsteps.

But reviews on Twitter varied from 'not very good' and 'disappointing' to 'rubbish acting' and 'dreadful'.

One claimed to have spotted herself in one scene, for her '15 minutes of fame'.

And one poster, who seemed to be from the casting company, urged viewers to 'have faith', as it would become heart-wrenching.

But the poor initial responses can't have been down to the talent.

The show starred Skyfall and Quantum of Solace star Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris who played Fifield in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film Prometheus and Shirley Henderson who played Jude in Bridget Jones’s Diary and Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

The Kentish Gazette newsroom played a starring role in Southcliffe
The Kentish Gazette newsroom played a starring role in Southcliffe
Filming of the new Southcliffe show
Filming of the new Southcliffe show

So what do you think of Southcliffe so far?

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