Dead body found on set of BBC thriller

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A corpse was found on the set of a BBC drama about a se­rial killer.

Film­ing on Rel­lik was halted af­ter the grim find turned the set into a real crime scene.

Pater­son Joseph, who plays psy­chi­a­trist Isaac Joseph in the show, said: “The crew ar­rived to film their own dead body and the pol ice told them they y weren’t able to, be­cause they’d found a real dead body. It was bizarre, fact be­ing stranger than fic­tion.”

The body f ind in east Lon­don’s Cam­bridge Heath Park was just one of manyy real-life events that eerily y mir­rored the Rel­lik script.

Joseph, 53, added: “There were a lot of st range co­in­ci­dences. Richard [Dormer], who plays our main char­ac­ter, get­ting im­petigo and his face be­ing cov­ered in blotches and blem­ishes.

“He got the same re­ac­tion as his ac­tual char­ac­ter, who’s been scarred in an acid at­tack. We found that odd.

“Then there was the acid at­tacks which hap­pened at the same time as we were film­ing ours. It’s a strange show when it brings out these co­in­ci­dences.”

Rel­lik – kil ler spel led back­wards – was cre­ated and writ­ten by the team be­hind The Miss­ing.

Joseph, who was in Ca­su­alty and Peep Show, added: “It’s fast paced, dark and quite bloody.

“It’s a mind- ben­der, it rea l ly does twist your think­ing. Rel­lik is dark but with hu­mour. It’s grave­yard hu­mour but there’s a light tone in there.” Gil­bert McIl­wrick, whose quiet and log­i­cal ap­proach to crime saw him help solve dozens of mur­ders at a time when Glas­gow’s streets were at their mean­est.”

McIl­wrick was CID chief be­tween 1951 and 1957 – a pe­riod when the tran­si­tion from war to peace­time was still in full swing and cre­ated many op­por­tu­ni­ties for law­break­ers.

Andrew, 62, said: “Just a mat­ter of days into the job and he was or­ches­trat­ing the finale of the Stone of Des­tiny saga.

“The stone, which had been stolen from West­min­ster Abbey the De­cem­ber be­fore by three Glas­gow Univer­sity stu­dents, was handed in to the Abbey of Ar­broath. “McIl­wrick was re­spon­si­ble for get­ting it out of po­lice head­quar­ters and back on the road to Lon­don – a dif­fi­cult feat with all the press gath­ered out­side.

“But the quick-think­ing de­tec­tive hood­winked t he r e p or t e r s a nd pho­tog­ra­phers by send­ing the relic off in a n u na c compa n ied Jaguar which slipped away un­no­ticed.”

The dad of one added: “McIl­wrick was also in charge of the search for the killer of four-year- old Betty Alexan­der, whose body was found in a se­cluded back­yard near her home in Gar­nethill in Oc­to­ber 1952.

“The hunt for her mur­derer be­came one of the most ex­ten­sive ever car­ried out in Glas­gow, with more than 3000 lo­cal peo­ple ques­tioned and more than 800 fin­ger­prints taken.

“The pol ice were over­whelmed with pos­si­ble sight­ings and de­scrip­tions but, time af­ter time, hopes were raised only to be dashed. In the end, the killer was never brought to jus­tice.”

But it was dur­ing the sum­mer of 1955 that McIl­wrick was re­ally put to the test. A heat­wave ush­ered in a crime wave and, in seven days, a suc­ces­sion of five killings oc­curred in the city. Andrew,

SCRIPT Pater­son Joseph IN­SPI­RA­TION CID chief Gil­bert McIl­wrick HIT Mark McManus as top cop Taggart

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