A BBC crime drama starring Trevor Eve has been barred from filming in a part of north London due to fears it would send out the wrong message about guns.
The owners of Camden Lock Market have denied the producers of The Interceptor permission to shoot scenes involving firearms inside the venue because they feel it would fuel a false perception of the area.
Grafton House Productions, which is making the series for the BBC is understood to have instead used a stretch of canal outside the market.
Will Fulford, the founder of Urban Market Company which owns the Camden Lock Market, told RadioTimes.com that the market rejected the filming request because he was uncomfortable about “the use – and more importantly the sound of guns” during the shoot.
“Filming can be quite a lucrative sideline for us so we don’t reject requests to film lightly,” said Fulford. “But we didn’t have to think too long because having people running around with guns did not feel right.
“We have been working hard on the perception people have of Camden Lock and Camden Town and the false perception people have of its links with drugs and guns crime would not be helpful.
“This is a very people-friendly, family-friendly place.”
The eight-part drama about police tackling major gangsters stars Eve as a ruthless criminal called Roach, with David Gyasi as lead investigator Ash. It is due to be screened on BBC1 in the autumn.
The BBC confirmed that the request had been rejected but declined to comment further.
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