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Harbour centre stage for TV filming

By 2nd September 2015

Harbour centre stage for TV filming

NEWQUAY Harbour was in the spotlight this week as German film crews began to film the latest adaptation of a Rosamunde Pilcher novel.

FFP New Media has been bringing the Cornish author’s works to life for 22 years, filming in locations across the West Country, including regular visits to Newquay.

The book adaptations are very popular in Germany, airing to a German audience of six million every Sunday on state television channel ZDF, and have previously filmed at Pentire Headland, Little Fistral, Newquay Zoo and around the town centre.

The latest episode to be brought to the screen is to be called Guardian Angel and heavily focusses on gig racing, with some of the filming taking place with the actors in gig boats on the water – with help from Newquay Rowing Club.

Ello Bolz, one of the producers on the show, said: “Guardian Angel has a story line and issues revolving around gig boats and we came to Newquay to film because Newquay Rowing Club is the mother of all clubs.

“They’ve been very supportive, finding us gig boats and 30 rowers to go out with some of our actors. We’re very well looked after! We’ve been lucky and had gorgeous weather to film. The sea is very calm so some of the shots could take place on the open sea.

“We’ve had lots of support from the town and Newquay Rowing Club have been super troopers, they’ve been very, very helpful in finding us so many rowers and boats and the harbour master has also been great.”

Thursday saw a full day of filming at Newquay Harbour as well as five pilot gigs out on the open water, Active, Good Intent, Dall Lewyer, Hope and Spy.

Spy was renamed as Rachel for the purpose of filming, named after the female lead, and had the actor, who is playing the hero, joining members from Newquay Rowing Club.

A spokesperson from the club said: “Filming went extremely well – it was an amazing sight to see the five pilot gigs out near the South Quay. We had rowers from our club on the hero’s boat and we told the actor to row – he picked it up after a while.

“It was difficult to find the rowers and we had to borrow from other clubs, but the crew on the Rachel were all from Newquay. Newquay Rowing Club has done a lot of work with film crews in the past and we’re always putting Newquay on national and international programmes.”

German fans flock to Newquay to visit the filming locations, and many were present on the harbour to watch the cast and crew. The experience is so popular that International Kernow Travel Services (IKTS) opened in 2011, selling holidays to devoted fans. IKTS now attracts 10,000 German tourists a year to Cornwall and accommodates many in the local hotels, including the Hotel Bristol, Fistral Beach Hotel and the Sands Resort Hotel.

By 2nd September 2015

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