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Palace Pier snubbed in video trailer
9:00am Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
When is a pier not a pier?
It seems Channel 4 has decided that Brighton’s Palace Pier is not pretty enough to appear in publicity for its drama series The Fear.
The show, starring Richard E Grant, is set in Brighton and has been filmed extensively in the city.
But for its promotional video, the team behind the series decided to film scenes at 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.
“I looked at a number of piers along the coast and thought this was best.”
It is believed they will use CGI to alter the background to make it look like Brighton.
Anne Martin, general manager of the Palace Pier, said she was surprised Brighton’s pier had been snubbed.
She said: “Some people’s idea of ‘aesthetically pleasing’ is ‘different’.
“We offered the Palace Pier for the filming, as, with all due respect to Worthing there really is no comparison.
Their CGI better be good.”
Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby, whose constituency includes the pier, said he hoped the show would boost the profile of the city, despite the apparent snub.
He said: “The Palace Pier is one of the many fantastic things that make my Brighton Kemptown constituency so very different from others.
“It is a huge tourist attraction and has appeared in many films and TV programmes.
“I am disappointed that Channel 4 will be using Worthing Pier but am sure that the drama series will enhance Brighton's standing as a world class tourist resort and a great place to live and to do business."
A spokeswoman for Channel 4 said: “Brighton plays a huge role in the drama and we had a wonderful time filming on the iconic seafront.”
It is not the first time other piers have been used to imitate Brighton’s own.
The film version of Graham Greene’s classic Brighton Rock decided to use Eastbourne Pier when filming in 2009.