Urban Douglas is film backdrop

A scene from Spooks

A scene from Spooks

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The urban streets of Douglas will form the backdrop for a new spy film being filmed currently in the island.

Shooting for the new film based on the popular television spy series Spooks, which ended a 10-year run around a year ago has been taking place in Farrant Street, Bathurst Street and Melbourne Street in east Douglas and has also been carried out on Loch Promenade.

Further scenes will be set against the backdrops of Ronaldsway industrial estate and Queen’s Promenade in Ramsey.

Mike Reaney of Isle of Man Film said: ‘The script is literally action-packed. Audiences are going to be taken on a thrill seeking joy ride by this wide-screen version of Spooks. The team has put together an excellent project which we expect to be lighting up cinemas everywhere in 2015.’

The film stars Game of Thrones star Kit Harington and Ides of March star Jennifer Ehle who will appear along side Peter Firth. The Academy Award nominated actor will again take the role of Harry Pearce which he played in the original series.

Writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent have produced the film script and the production is directed by Bharat Nalluri who was the originating director of Spooks, as well as other popular television series such as Life on Mars and Hustle.

Leonard Singer MHK (Ramsey) who is member of the Department of Economic Development with responsibility for for film and creative industries said: ‘It is great to have such a prestigious production here with us on the island.

‘Spooks has a huge following around the world. Securing this project is another coup for the Manx film industry and our local creative professionals.’

The screenplay depicts events after a terrorist escapes from MI5 custody during a routine handover. Head of counter terrorism Sir Harry Pearce (played by Peter Firth) is blamed and disgraced and forced to resign. He later disappears from a bridge into the Thames – but is he really dead, or has he become a rogue agent?

Other cast members include Tuppence Middleton, famous for parts in The Imitation Game, Jupiter Ascending; Tim McInnery who starred not only in Spooks but the popular Blackadder comedy series and the film Notting Hill; Eleanor Matsuura, who was in Utopia; and Elyes Gabel who was in Interstellar.

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