BBC drama filmed at city prison
A gripping new BBC One thriller about a British soldier fighting for his freedom has been filmed in Canterbury’s old prison.
Six-part series The Capture features rising star Callum Turner from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlwald and Cinderella actress Holliday Grainger in the lead roles.
Film crews were seen unloading lighting equipment outside the former prison building in Longport last Thursday morning, with filming taking place over two days.
The production team was based at the old council depot in Kingsmead.
Turner, who stars alongside Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp in the latest Fantastic Beasts film, plays Shaun Emery, a soldier whose conviction for murder in Afghanistan is successfully overturned due to flawed video evidence.
He begins to plan for his life as a free man with his six-yearold daughter, but when damning CCTV footage emerges from an incident in London, he finds himself fighting for his freedom once more, coming up against lies, betrayal and corruption.
Grainger plays DI Rachel Carey who is drafted in to investigate and she must discover if there is more to the shocking evidence than first meets the eye.
Turner says the series is one of the best things he has ever read.
“Shaun Emery is an antihero,” he said. “He’s funny yet wounded, complex, visceral and dangerous.”
The prison closed in 2013 and is to be developed by Canterbury Christ Church University. Comedy drama Poisoned Arrows was part-filmed there in April.