Published: 18:49, 02 April 2021
| Updated: 19:04, 02 April 2021
The release date for an ITV thriller part-filmed in Kent, which caused a drama of its own after closing a major bridge, has been announced.
Too Close, which includes scenes recorded on the Sheppey Way and Kingsferry Bridge on the Isle of Sheppey, will air on three consecutive nights starting on Monday, April 12 at 9pm.
The plot revolves around a forensic psychiatrist by the name of Emma Robinson, played by Watson, who must assess the criminal suspect Connie – only to fall victim to her insightful, yet manipulative nature.
The filming, carried out by production company Snowed In, caused a stir last November after stranding a number of cyclists when it wrongly closed the road to film scenes for the thriller.
After working in Sittingbourne, Sheerness dad Sobhy Ghareb was forced to ride home over the Sheppey Crossing, against the law, at night and in heavy wind because staff wouldn't allow him over the Kingsferry Bridge.
He said at the time: “I thought I was going to die.”
The film crew, which was supposed to have allowed pedestrians and cyclists to continue using the bridge, was rapped over the knuckles by the Kent Film Office and had to apologise.
Too Close is based on a novel by Clara Salaman and features actress Emily Watson, who was recently on screen in The Third Day and is known for her work in the Sky drama Chernobyl, BBC1’s Apple Tree Yard and the Bafta-winning drama Appropriate Adult for ITV.
She co-stars with Denise Gough.
The programme was filmed on a "closed set" because of coronavirus restrictions in the film industry so no visitors were allowed.
A source said: "The Kingsferry Bridge was selected for the stunt because despite its challenges it was the best option to film on compared to what the options were in London."