Television drama films in Brigus
Scenic town a perfect backdrop for Republic of Doyle, says producer
There was drama in Brigus in recent days, including plenty of squealing tires and an armed confrontation, and an abundance of onlookers craning their necks for a better view of the action.
But thankfully this crime and craziness was all for the camera.
The scenic and historic Conception Bay North community was serving as a backdrop for the popular CBC television drama Republic of Doyle, with heartthrob Allan Hawco, who plays the role of Jake Doyle, leading an invasion of some 120 actors and crew, and a fleet of cars and trucks and travel trailers.
Filming began Thursday, and was scheduled to continue on Sunday and, if necessary, Monday.
It’s the farthest that production has travelled from St. John’s, and when asked why Brigus was chosen, a senior member of the crew had a very short answer.
“Just look around. It’s beautiful,” said Ross Leslie, line producer and production manager.
The filming was for an episode entitled “In Brigus,” which will be aired in late February as part of the show’s Season 4 lineup.
About a dozen local residents also took part as “background performers,” and a handful of ded- icated fans were also on hand, waiting to catch a glimpse of Hawco, who was dressed in his trademark leather jacket and jeans.
“I haven’t missed a show,” said Brigus resident Cindy Hiscock, who looked on from a distance as a scene was being filmed near the waterfront.
Republic of Doyle is one of CBC television’s top dramas, attracting well over one million viewers per episode and serving as an important marketing tool for St. John’s and the province.
Community leaders in Brigus were more than happy to OK the temporary inconvenience, including the closure of some roads.
Leslie described the level of cooperation as “great, fantastic.”
Season 4 will include episodes.
Allan Hawco, who stars as Jake Doyle, and Sean McGinley, who plays Malachy Doyle, are seen in action during filming of a new episode of Republic of Doyle in Brigus on Sept. 20.
Ross Leslie (left), line producer and production manager for Republic of Doyle, chats with Wayne Broughton and Ken Broughton (right) of Broughton’s Ambulance Service in Brigus. Wayne is a paramedic, while Ken is an emergency medical responder. Both played a small role in the filming of a new episode of the show in Brigus last week.
Brothers Rod Jerrett (centre) and Peter Jerrett, originally from Brigus, are members of the crew with Republic of Doyle. Rod is a transport captain, while Peter works with heavy equipment and transportation. They are seen here with Karen McGarroch (left), the show’s second assistant director.
Mark O’Neill (centre) of Bay Roberts is among the large number of people who work on the production of Republic of Doyle. O’Neill is a first assistant camera operator. He is seen here with camera operator Tony Geurin (left) of Toronto and dolly grip Jason Andrews, who resides in St. John’s.
These four Brigus residents waited patiently Thursday for a glimpse of Allan Hawco, who stars in Republic of Doyle. They are, from left, Cindy Hiscock, Raelene Wall, Amber Williams and Renee Williams. All four described themselves as “huge” fans of the show.