ITV’s Loch Ness drama to film in its namesake location
Loch Ness, a new drama commissioned by ITV will film at its namesake location and in the Scottish Highlands. Split into six episodes, the series will follow the lives of Detective Annie Redford and her family when a body is discovered by the Carn Mor mountain just as a human heart turns up on the shores of Loch Ness.
The show stars Breaking Bad alum Laura Fraser alongside Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey) and John Sessions (Florence Foster Jenkins).
ITV’s Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea explains: “Loch Ness is a gripping, tightly-plotted drama which focuses on how a serial killer terrifies a local community. Stephen Brady’s compelling scripts utilise the wilderness of Loch Ness perfectly.”
Filming expenses on Loch Ness have been aided by Creative Scotland’s Production Growth Fund, which was established in October 2015 with a total of GBP1.75 million to entice projects to shoot on location in the region.
Natalie Usher, Director of Creative Scotland said: “Creative Scotland is delighted to be working with ITV Studios on this thrilling murder mystery, set on the shores of Loch Ness. We can’t wait to see the results of the combined vision of writer Stephen Brady and directors Brian Kelly and Cilla Ware. The Production Growth Fund has allowed us to anchor another high-profile television production almost entirely in Scotland, further developing Scotland’s reputation as a key filming destination where productions can benefit from working with our world-class craft and technical talent.”
Productions that shoot in the UK can access a national film incentive in the form of a 25% tax rebate. For TV programming, the scheme requires a minimum spend of GBP1 million per episode.
The BBC’s newly aired period drama The Secret Agent shot on location Edinburgh. The production doubled areas in the city centre for London’s Soho.
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