‘Everything’s a cheat’ – The Fear actor

The Argus: Filming The Fear on Brighton seafront Filming The Fear on Brighton seafront

It has been billed as a powerful drama which chronicles the criminal ganglands of Brighton.

But citizens of Brighton and Hove have been taking to Twitter and other social media to dissect the Channel 4 four-parter, and point out that large sections were filmed elsewhere.

Eagled-eyed viewers also complained that The Fear has not been faithful to the city’s geography.

During Monday and Tuesday night’s episode, characters played golf at Hollingbury Park, drove south along Grand Parade – before turning right into Edward Street – wandered through the streets of Hastings old town, and had an unpleasant experience at Birling Gap, Eastbourne.

The finale last night (December 6) saw the lead character drive to the West Pier on a contorted route – travelling east past Adelaide Cresent, west along Madeira drive and in both directions past Brunswick Terrace.

Scenes also appeared to have been shot in Bristol, Bath and London.

Cara Courage took to twitter to point out that a body which was supposed to be dumped was actually dropped from Marine Parade onto Madeira Drive.

Mixed locations

On The Argus’ website, one commentator wrote: “Did anyone notice the location mistake in the first episode?

Unicyclist “We see the main character nearly get run over by a unicyclist at the bandstand near West Pier heading towards Shoreham.

"Yet the next couple of shots are the limo passing the Palace Pier heading back to Shoreham then the main character beating up the unicyclist near the Concorde 2!”

The Fear chronicled the disintegration of the mind of Brighton crime boss, Richie Beckett. Pursuing his dream of rebuilding Brighton’s derelict West Pier, Beckett’s hard-earned respectability is threatened by two new enemies: an invading Albanian mafia and an aggressive form of early onset dementia.

Harry Lloyd, who plays son Matty Beckett, admitted some parts were filmed in Bristol and had seagull noises dubbed over. He said: “Everything’s a cheat – anything to cover up the cracks of the acting.”

In Sussex the show was shot in Adelaide Crescent, Madeira Drive, Palace Pier, West Pier, Warren Road, Bear Road, Racecourse, South Downs and Hollingbury Park Golf Club as well as Birling Gap in Eastbourne.

'Pleasing pier'

A spokesman for the show said: “The Fear is set among the criminal ganglands of Brighton, but filmed largely in Bristol and Bath. Additional scenes were shot in Bath’s Circle Private Hospital, Kingswood School and Red Rag art gallery.”

The show caused controversy earlier this year when it emerged the promotional video of the show, starring Richard E Grant, used Worthing Pier instead of the Palace Pier.

Guy Weller-Poley, locations manager for the show, said: “We chose Worthing because it is a more aesthetically pleasing pier than the Palace Pier.”

It is believed CGI will alter the background to make it look like Brighton.

 

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12:37pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Hove Actually says...

Who cares it wasn't meant to a documentary, just a TV show and anyone who wants to can always switch off or watch some other rubbish like x factor or sad old bruce struggling to read the auto cue for his bad jokes
Who cares it wasn't meant to a documentary, just a TV show and anyone who wants to can always switch off or watch some other rubbish like x factor or sad old bruce struggling to read the auto cue for his bad jokes Hove Actually

12:39pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Daneboy1414 says...

Why dont people stop moaning and just apprecaite it for what it is... Awesome
Why dont people stop moaning and just apprecaite it for what it is... Awesome Daneboy1414

12:39pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Euly says...

Hove Actually wrote:
Who cares it wasn't meant to a documentary, just a TV show and anyone who wants to can always switch off or watch some other rubbish like x factor or sad old bruce struggling to read the auto cue for his bad jokes
Exactly who really cares is this news ???
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Who cares it wasn't meant to a documentary, just a TV show and anyone who wants to can always switch off or watch some other rubbish like x factor or sad old bruce struggling to read the auto cue for his bad jokes[/p][/quote]Exactly who really cares is this news ??? Euly

12:40pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Cyclic says...

And?

It is a fictional drama!!!!

It all started when Robbie Coltraine drove into the little chef at Warninglid from the wrong direction in Mona Lisa.

Call the continuity police.
And? It is a fictional drama!!!! It all started when Robbie Coltraine drove into the little chef at Warninglid from the wrong direction in Mona Lisa. Call the continuity police. Cyclic

12:56pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Gary Manilow says...

Coltrane stayed there for 6 hours.
Coltrane stayed there for 6 hours. Gary Manilow

12:56pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Neillo says...

The Sopranos had similar location '' issues ''....so what ??
The Sopranos had similar location '' issues ''....so what ?? Neillo

1:02pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Number Six says...

Cyclic wrote:
And?

It is a fictional drama!!!!

It all started when Robbie Coltraine drove into the little chef at Warninglid from the wrong direction in Mona Lisa.

Call the continuity police.
Ah yes. That was when Bob Oskins came down from London and went past Roedean
[quote][p][bold]Cyclic[/bold] wrote: And? It is a fictional drama!!!! It all started when Robbie Coltraine drove into the little chef at Warninglid from the wrong direction in Mona Lisa. Call the continuity police.[/p][/quote]Ah yes. That was when Bob Oskins came down from London and went past Roedean Number Six

1:22pm Fri 7 Dec 12

lordenglandofsussex says...

Like all the mainstream media in general, it is just fiction and should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Like all the mainstream media in general, it is just fiction and should be taken with a pinch of salt. lordenglandofsussex

1:22pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Ballroom Blitz says...

It was a great drama that used iconic parts of Brighton to tell the story. It was beautifully filmed, and so what if some of it was filmed elsewhere?
There was an awful lot of Brighton in it, and it was a top adult drama.
What is there to complain about?
Doctor Who isn't really filmed in outer space or in a different time continuum! It's filmed in Wales.
It was a great drama that used iconic parts of Brighton to tell the story. It was beautifully filmed, and so what if some of it was filmed elsewhere? There was an awful lot of Brighton in it, and it was a top adult drama. What is there to complain about? Doctor Who isn't really filmed in outer space or in a different time continuum! It's filmed in Wales. Ballroom Blitz

1:25pm Fri 7 Dec 12

rolivan says...

I remember when I watched the film Oh What A Lovely War which was filmed around Sussex with Sheepcoote Valley used as a Battle Ground scene.What really got m attention was the piece showingn the Seafront from what was the West Pier and showing the Brand new Bedford Hotel which someone in the cutting room obviosly missed.Anyone remember Harvey Holford?
I remember when I watched the film Oh What A Lovely War which was filmed around Sussex with Sheepcoote Valley used as a Battle Ground scene.What really got m attention was the piece showingn the Seafront from what was the West Pier and showing the Brand new Bedford Hotel which someone in the cutting room obviosly missed.Anyone remember Harvey Holford? rolivan

1:49pm Fri 7 Dec 12

sussexguy says...

Endless tiresome closeups of one eye, crass dialogue consisting mainly of the f word, totally unlikable characters and a dreary plot. So what difference does it make if the continuity was abysmal?
Endless tiresome closeups of one eye, crass dialogue consisting mainly of the f word, totally unlikable characters and a dreary plot. So what difference does it make if the continuity was abysmal? sussexguy

3:06pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Tammy Flugh says...

So? Midsomer Murders wasn't filmed in Midsomer either.
So? Midsomer Murders wasn't filmed in Midsomer either. Tammy Flugh

3:39pm Fri 7 Dec 12

SmileyD says...

or in Quadrophenia - when all the mods come charging out of East Street, turn right & appear in Marine Parade- tsk tsk!
or in Quadrophenia - when all the mods come charging out of East Street, turn right & appear in Marine Parade- tsk tsk! SmileyD

5:02pm Fri 7 Dec 12

paulbak2 says...

Does it really matter! I have to say that this made for compulsive viewing in my house. Well acted, beautifully shot and in particular a stunning performance from Peter Mullan.
Does it really matter! I have to say that this made for compulsive viewing in my house. Well acted, beautifully shot and in particular a stunning performance from Peter Mullan. paulbak2

5:23pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Ringmer Rich says...

If a drama is shot in a location why does it have to be geographically correct, it's fiction isn't it?
If a drama is shot in a location why does it have to be geographically correct, it's fiction isn't it? Ringmer Rich

6:16pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Ballroom Blitz says...

paulbak2 wrote:
Does it really matter! I have to say that this made for compulsive viewing in my house. Well acted, beautifully shot and in particular a stunning performance from Peter Mullan.
Exactly. Well said. Nice to see a proper adult drama instead of watered down for the masses dross.
[quote][p][bold]paulbak2[/bold] wrote: Does it really matter! I have to say that this made for compulsive viewing in my house. Well acted, beautifully shot and in particular a stunning performance from Peter Mullan.[/p][/quote]Exactly. Well said. Nice to see a proper adult drama instead of watered down for the masses dross. Ballroom Blitz

10:49am Sat 8 Dec 12

pebble counter says...

I thought it was absolute *ollocks. The locations were mixed up but as everyone else says, that doesen't matter, they were taking advantage of Brighton's scenic beauty. What does matter is that the whole plot was really a modernised 'Of mice and men'. Also, the whole thing seemed only to last a couple of days. In the beginning, the main character was OK, within a couple of days, he had deteriorated to the point where he didn't know who anyone was. Realistic? No. Rubbish story, nice locations. Must have added a huge amount to the value of that beachfront house in Lancing though.
I thought it was absolute *ollocks. The locations were mixed up but as everyone else says, that doesen't matter, they were taking advantage of Brighton's scenic beauty. What does matter is that the whole plot was really a modernised 'Of mice and men'. Also, the whole thing seemed only to last a couple of days. In the beginning, the main character was OK, within a couple of days, he had deteriorated to the point where he didn't know who anyone was. Realistic? No. Rubbish story, nice locations. Must have added a huge amount to the value of that beachfront house in Lancing though. pebble counter

11:47am Mon 10 Dec 12

billy goat-gruff says...

King Lear, wasn't it? I love how in films, anybody going anywhere drives up and down Madeira Drive (cos it's easy to film there?). In Quadrophenia, the mods approched Brighton from Devil's Dyke! Great fun spotting the locations...
King Lear, wasn't it? I love how in films, anybody going anywhere drives up and down Madeira Drive (cos it's easy to film there?). In Quadrophenia, the mods approched Brighton from Devil's Dyke! Great fun spotting the locations... billy goat-gruff

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