Tele­vi­sion drama films in Bri­gus

Scenic town a per­fect back­drop for Repub­lic of Doyle, says pro­ducer

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

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.

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