The atmosphere is tense in Brixham where some residents are airing fears over the 150-man TV crew which lit up the harbourside overnight at a time when the port has Devon’s largest Covid-19 clusters.
Torbay Council announced last week that they had given permission for car parks to be closed off to accommodate the crew which is filming mostly offshore. Locals were assured that all necessary coronavirus rules were being adhered to.
However, it is now understood that the crew are filming the new Apple TV series Suspicion, starring Uma Thurman.
Last week, Torbay Council said the drama was called Tailspin and tells the story of five people who wake up one morning to find themselves implicated in a ruthless kidnapping operation following the disappearance of the Iranian Defence Minister.
It has now emerged that this is the plot of Apple TV’s drama Suspicion, starring Uma Thurman.
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There was excitement in the port over news that the star of Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill might be filming locally. However the area around the port was heavily guarded.
Others were upset about daylight bright spotlights shining into their bedrooms until 1am and there were claims that the crew are mixing with local people and not sticking to social distancing bubbles. Others said that lights have lit up the harbourside at night disturbing people living on the harbourside.
A worried Brixham resident said: “A friend walked to the Breakwater this morning and the so-called ‘bubble’ doesn’t seem to be working. She saw crew mingling with residents. There was a pizza van in situ. Promises of keeping the production crew separate from locals definitely are not happening.
“They are more likely to catch the virus off us than giving it to us. The number of cases in Brixham are horrific.”
One resident who asked not to be named wrote to DevonLive: “The floodlight last night shone into our bedroom ’til at least 1am – sooo selfish. The poor people living near the harbour must be at their wits end.”
Another said: “The lighting is ridiculous. It looked like daylight. But that’s not what really bothers me – I want to know why the social distancing bubble hasn’t been adhered to.”
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The port and surrounding area had the highest number of confirmed cases in Devon in figures released yesterday (November 9): Brixham Town has 43 confirmed cases, Higher Brixham, 41 and Blatchcombe & Blagdon on the outskirts of Paignton has 30 confirmed cases.
There have been a further four deaths in Torbay Hospital over the weekend. The latest data show 16 deaths related to Covid-19 at the hospital in Torquay since the start of October.
In the same period between October 1 and November 7, there were 12 deaths involving Covid-19 at Plymouth, four in Exeter and two in North Devon.
Torbay Council urged the public to stay away from the film shoot and Brixham Councillor Mike Morey said: “We would like to reassure the community that we have received confirmation from the Department of Culture and British Film Commission that filming activity can proceed under COVID-19 secure restrictions.”
One joker added: “It’s not been this exciting since Worzel Gummidge came to town.”