The filming of James Nesbitt’s new television series sparked drama for all the wrong reasons when filming at a gas station left motorists unable to refuel.
The chaotic scenes unfolded at the South London gas station near Houses of Parliament when Channel 4’s production of Suspect closed the gas station to the public for five hours – much to the frustration of drivers desperate to stay on roads amid England’s fuel crisis. .
But despite the upheaval, the stars of the series continued to film with James Nesbitt, who plays Detective Danny Frater, pictured filling a white BMW with fuel before remonstrating with other characters.
Other shots showed the Cold Feet actor, 56, from Co Antrim, sitting in the car in the driver’s seat and cupping his hands, appearing to be lighting a cigarette.
The conical forecourt and kiosk were packed with production equipment, including huge lighting booths for the evening’s filming.
The other cast members Sam Heughan and Imogen King were also spotted in action on set.
A motorist told how the 24-hour Texaco garage had a truck delivery at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday – as England suffers from severe fuel shortages – but only 30 minutes later No Entry signs went up to 5 hours of the morning.
Anthony Newland, 35, who works in the nearby Dumont apartment buildings, said: “This is totally wrong.
“Surely James Nesbitt and the others understand that we are in the middle of a fuel nightmare.
“People need to refuel in real life. It is not to pretend.
“It was amazing to refuse the public.”
But the show’s production company explained how they arranged filming at several locations, including the gas station, months in advance before the fuel shortage.
The eight-part drama, which also stars Richard E Grant, Joely Richardson, Ben Miller and Anne-Marie Duff, follows the discovery of a body and Nesbitt’s search to find out what happened.
A production spokesperson for the drama said in a statement: “The gas station was booked as a filming location several weeks ago.
“The forecourt was in use from midnight to 5 a.m. Thursday, during which time the area was safely cordoned off with actors, crews and equipment clearly visible to drivers at a distance.”
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