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Southclffe: You've seen the show, now tourism bosses considering tours for film sites

Tourism bosses are considering introducing a "Southcliffe Tour" to capitalise on the Faversham's 15 minutes of fame.

The spotlight has fallen on the town as the harrowing drama filmed in and around the town got its long-awaited airing.

The nation's eyes fell on its picturesque streets, misty marshes and winding Creek when the first two episodes of the four-part thriller were screened on Channel 4.

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

As many as 2.2 million tuned in for the opening episode on Sunday – but it shed 400,000 viewers for Monday's instalment.

The final part will be aired on Channel 4 at 9pm on Sunday.

The show, described as a gritty crime series full of suspense and action, was shot across the whole town and outskirts over four months during the winter.

The team at the Faversham Enterprise Partnership have since discussed the idea of offering tours to visitors taking in the film locations - including the Creek, Oare marshes, Standard Quay and Hollowshore.

Lucy Guthrie, of the FEP's website, said: "The cinematography was fantastic. Shots of Harty Ferry and across the waterways and marshes are absolutely fabulous. It's such a varied landscape.

"From talking to some of the shop owners in town, everyone is watching it. The town's buzzing. We were all amazed by how much Faversham is featured in it.

"It's definitely gritty enough, but we're hopeful it will put Faversham on the map and that people will come to the town because of it."

Southcliffe Picture: Channel 4
Southcliffe Picture: Channel 4

The FEP worked closely with the location team to identify local places suitable for the scenes they were shooting.

Lucy said the crew would drop everything when they heard there was mist on the Creek to enable them to capture the drama's atmospheric backdrop.

Last week, Faversham Mayor Cllr David Simmons defended reports by national newspapers that he was worried the shooting-spree drama would stop people from visiting.

After finally watching the show, he said he thought it would do the town no harm.

He said: "It was pretty nerve-racking and harrowing to watch, but the scenery is wonderful. It reminded me of how miserable our spring was!

"Faversham featured quite heavily, but I thought it showed the town well. I don't think people will confuse fiction with reality, so it won't put people off coming here.

"I thought it would be more like a crime drama, but it's certainly very gritty. I look forward to the next instalment."


Southcliffe is a fictional market town rocked by a series of shootings that take place over a single day.

It is viewed through the eyes of a journalist, who returns to his home town to explore the dark events.

After the first two episodes were aired, viewers took to Twitter to praise the stunning shots of the town, while others criticised its acting and disjointed chronology.

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

Another, who seemed to be from the casting company, urged viewers to "have faith", insisting it would become heart-wrenching.

The show stars 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.

Filming taking place in the Kentish Gazette newsroom at Wraik Hill
Filming taking place in the Kentish Gazette newsroom at Wraik Hill

In Monday's episode, members of the Faversham News team could be spotted, after production crews spent a day filming at our offices in Whitstable in November.

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

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