BBC drama filmed at city prison

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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.

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